Here is a comparison of distinct and different to help you understand the difference between these two synonyms.
|distinguished as not being the same||not alike in character or quality|
|Distinct is etymologically related to distincten “to distinguish”.||Different is etymologically related to differre “to set apart”.|
|Distinct suggests different identity, although the things might be similar in other ways. It stresses that the two qualities are not the same although they might have similarities.||Different is opposite of alike and thus it applies to things that are not alike. It stresses on individuality.|
|I can easily recognize the distinct smell of those flowers.||The crime was witnessed by five different people.|