Definitions: (1) separated from others by extraordinary qualities; (2) exhibiting an air of poise and dignity; renowned; positive; famous; conspicuous

Derivation: Latin, “divide,” “to separate”

Synonyms: Distinguished implies acknowledged excellence or superiority, something which makes a person stand apart from others in the public view; celebrated implies notice and attention especially in print, widely spoken of with honor and respect; eminent implies great prominence for outstanding character, standing high compared with those around them; illustrious stresses enduring glory attached to actions or achievements of the highest quality; noted suggests well-deserved public attention.

• Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them. — Diogenes (412/404–323 BC) Greek philosopher
• The essence of belief is the establishment of a habit; and different beliefs are distinguished by the different modes of action to which they give rise. — Charles Sanders Peirce (1839–1914) American philosopher & logician