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semiotics

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noun se·mi·ot·ics \-ˈä-tiks\

Simple Definition of semiotics

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

Full Definition of semiotics

plural semiotics

  1. :  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 play \-ə-ˈti-shən\ noun
se·mi·ot·i·cist play \-ˈä-tə-sist\ noun

Variants of semiotics

or se·mi·ot·ic play \-tik\

Origin of semiotics

Greek sēmeiōtikos observant of signs, from sēmeiousthai to interpret signs, from sēmeion sign, from sēma sign


First Known Use: 1880

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