dis‧tinc‧tion S3 W2
a clear difference or separation between two similar things
difference[uncountable and countable]
the distinction between formal and informal language
There is often no clear distinction between an allergy and food intolerance.
the quality of being excellent and important:
Eliot's distinction as a poet
the quality of being special in some way
have/earn/achieve etc the distinction of doing something
At that time, it had the distinction of being the largest bridge in the UK.
The US enjoys the dubious distinction of being the lawsuit capital of the world.
a special mark given to a student whose work is excellent
result[uncountable and countable]SE
He obtained a law doctorate with distinction.