distinction etymology

English word distinction comes from Latin stinguo (I put out, extinguish.), Latin dis-, Latin di-, Latin stinguere

Detailed word origin of distinction

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
stinguo Latin (lat) I put out, extinguish.
dis- Latin (lat) Asunder, apart, in two. Reversal, removal. Utterly, exceedingly.
di- Latin (lat)
stinguere Latin (lat)
distinguere Latin (lat)
distinction Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
distinction English (eng) Specifically, a feature that causes someone or something to stand out as being better; a mark of honour, rank, eminence or excellence; being distinguished.. That which distinguishes; a single occurrence of a determining factor or feature, the fact of being divided; separation, discrimination.. The act of distinguishing, discriminating; discrimination.

Words with the same origin as distinction

Descendants of stinguo
distinct distinguish distinguished
Descendants of dis-
address debate defeat delay dessert difference different difficult dinner direct direction director disagree disappear discipline discover discuss disguise display distance distant district dress dressed dressing
Descendants of di-
digest digestive disrupt diverse diversion diversity divert divorce
Descendants of stinguere
extinct extinction instinct prestige prestigious