a. Separate or apart in space.
b. Far removed; remote: distant lands.
2. Coming from or going to a distance: a distant sound; a distant telephone call.
3. Far removed or apart in time: the distant past; distant events.
4. Far apart in relationship: a distant cousin.
5. Minimally similar: a distant likeness.
6. Far removed mentally: distant thoughts.
7. Aloof or chilly: a distant smile.
[Middle English distaunt, from Old French, from Latin distāns, distant-, present participle of distāre, to be remote : dis-, apart; see DIS- + stāre, to stand; see stā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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