distinguished etymology

English word distinguished comes from English distinguish, English -ed

Detailed word origin of distinguished

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
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.
-ed English (eng) Used to form past participles of (regular) verbs. See -en and -t for variants. Used to form past tenses of (regular) verbs. In linguistics, it is used for the base form of any past form. See -t for a variant. Used to form adjectives from nouns, in the sense of having the object represented by the noun.. As an extension of the above, when used along with an adjective preceding the noun, [...]
distinguished English (eng) (mathematics) Specified, noted.. Having a dignified appearance or demeanor. Celebrated, well-known or eminent because of past achievements; prestigious.

Words with the same origin as distinguished

Descendants of -ed
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