distinguish etymology

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

Detailed word origin of distinguish

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
dis- Latin (lat) Asunder, apart, in two. Reversal, removal. Utterly, exceedingly.
stinguo Latin (lat) I put out, extinguish.
di- Latin (lat)
stinguere Latin (lat)
distinguo Latin (lat) I adorn or decorate. I distinguish, separate, divide or part.
distinguer Old French (fro)
distingwen Middle English (enm)
distinguish English (eng) (transitive, obsolete) To make to differ.. To make oneself noticeably different or better from others through accomplishments.. To see someone or something as different from others.. To see someone or something clearly or distinctly.

Words with the same origin as distinguish

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 stinguo
distinct distinction distinguished
Descendants of di-
digest digestive disrupt diverse diversion diversity divert divorce
Descendants of stinguere
extinct extinction instinct prestige prestigious