noun se·mi·ot·ics \-ˈä-tiks\

: the study of signs and symbols and how they are used

plural semiotics

Full Definition of SEMIOTICS

:  a general philosophical theory of signs and symbols that deals especially with their function in both artificially constructed and natural languages and comprises syntactics, semantics, and pragmatics
semiotic adjective
se·mi·o·ti·cian \-ə-ˈti-shən\ noun
se·mi·ot·i·cist \-ˈä-tə-sist\ noun

Variants of SEMIOTICS

se·mi·ot·ics or se·mi·ot·ic \-tik\


Greek sēmeiōtikos observant of signs, from sēmeiousthai to interpret signs, from sēmeion sign, from sēma sign
First Known Use: 1880

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, simile


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