2. Courteous regard or respect for someone or something: Clay was taught to show deference to people who were as old as his grandparents.
There's a striking difference in the sisters' opinions on the subject.
The deference that Steve's cousins have shown his aunt highlighted the difference in the manners between them and the rude students at the school where she taught.
Mary believes that the difference between grocery store produce and Farmer's Market produce is the freshness.2. The degree or amount by which some things are not the same or what is left after subtracting one number from another number: There is a 10-year difference between Jack's oldest daughter and her youngest sister.
3. A situation in which there is a divergence of opinion or direction that should be undertaken: The city councilors had several differences with Mr. Richison, the mayor, about how the parade for the summer festival should be organized.