US: /dɪˈstɪŋkʃən/
UK: /dɪstˈɪŋkʃən/

English Vietnamese dictionary

distinction /dis'tiɳkʃn/
  • danh từ
    • sự phân biệt; điều phân biệt, điều khác nhau
      • distinction without a difference: điều phân biệt thực ra không có gì là khác nhau, điều phân biệt giả tạo
      • all without distinction: tất cả không phân biệt
    • nét đặc biệt, màu sắc riêng, tính độc đáo (văn)
      • to lack distinction: thiếu màu sắc riêng, thiếu độc đáo
    • dấu hiệu đặc biệt; biểu hiện danh dự, tước hiệu, danh hiệu
    • sự biệt đãi, sự ưu đãi, sự trọng vọng
      • to treat with distinction: biệt đãi, trọng vọng
    • sự ưu tú, sự xuất chúng, sự lỗi lạc
      • men of distinction: những người lỗi lạc

Advanced English dictionary

+ noun
1 [C] ~ (between A and B) a clear difference or contrast especially between people or things that are similar or related: distinctions between traditional and modern societies + Philosophers did not use to make a distinction between arts and science.
2 [U] the quality of being excellent or important: a writer of distinction
3 [sing.] the quality of being sth that is special: She had the distinction of being the first woman to fly the Atlantic.
4 [U] the separation of people or things into different groups: The new law makes no distinction between adults and children (= treats them equally). + All groups are entitled to this money without distinction.
5 [C, U] a special mark/grade or award that is given to sb, especially a student, for excellent work: Naomi got a distinction in maths. + He graduated with distinction.

Thesaurus dictionary

1 differentiation, discrimination, difference, contrast, separation, division, dividing line; distinctiveness:
Any distinction between them is difficult to discern.
2 honour, credit, prominence, eminence, pre-eminence, superiority, uniqueness, greatness, excellence, quality, merit, worth, value, prestige, note, importance, significance, consequence, renown, fame, repute, reputation, celebrity, glory, account:
We all know her as a scholar of distinction.

Collocation dictionary

1 clear difference


critical, crucial, important, key, main, major, vital | basic, essential, fundamental, underlying | clear, clear-cut, definite, marked, obvious, real, rigid, sharp, strong | fine, subtle | broad, general | crude, simple | logical, valid | useful | arbitrary, artificial | invidious
making invidious distinctions between the ‘deserving’ and the ‘undeserving’ poor
| absolute
Is there always an absolute distinction between right and wrong?
| conventional, old, traditional
the conventional distinction between pure and applied science
| formal | conceptual | theoretical | class, cultural, gender, moral


draw, make
She draws an important distinction between the different kinds of illness.
| recognize, see
We can see a sharp distinction between ambition and greed.
| blur
blurring the distinction between amateur and professional players


Cultural distinctions lie at the heart of these issues.


without ~
All groups are entitled to this money without distinction (= without a difference being made between them).
| ~ between

2 excellence/fame


considerable, great | modest | dubious | rare | unique | added | academic, intellectual, professional, social
Wearing the county tie was a mark of modest social distinction.


He has the dubious distinction of being the first railway baron to go bankrupt.
| achieve
She achieved distinction in several fields of scholarship.
| add
Fennel leaves add distinction to any dish.


of ~
She is a historian of great distinction.
| with ~
He served with distinction in the First World War.

Concise English dictionary

+a discrimination between things as different and distinct
+high status importance owing to marked superiority
+a distinguishing quality
+a distinguishing difference