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A.Word.A.Day--distingue

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distingue (dees-tang-GAY, dis-, di-STANG-gay) adjective

Distinguished in appearance, manner, or bearing.

[French, past participle of distinguer, to distinguish, from Old French.]

"FRED HERSCH: [singing] `I used to visit all the very gay places,/ come what may places,/ where one relaxes on the axis of the wheel of life/ to get the feel of life from jazz and cocktails./ The girls I knew had sad and sullen gray faces,/ with distingue traces, ...." The Life and Music of Billy Strayhorn, Weekend Edition - Sunday (NPR), 7 Jul 1996.

This week's theme: words to describe people.

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