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 respecteminent 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 qualitynoted suggests well-deserved public attention.