noun sig·nif·i·cance \sig-ˈni-fi-kən(t)s\

: the quality of being important : the quality of having notable worth or influence

: the meaning of something

Full Definition of SIGNIFICANCE

a :  something that is conveyed as a meaning often obscurely or indirectly
b :  the quality of conveying or implying
a :  the quality of being important :  moment
b :  the quality of being statistically significant


  1. The discovery has great significance to researchers.
  2. His age is of little significance.
  3. This building should be preserved because of its historical significance.
  4. Does the ceremony have any religious significance?
  5. Her work has a significance that will last beyond her lifetime.
  6. I failed to understand the significance of her remarks.
  7. Does the date March 16 have some special significance to you?
  8. People in ancient times assigned a particular significance to the number seven.

First Known Use of SIGNIFICANCE

13th century

Synonym Discussion of SIGNIFICANCE

importance, consequence, moment, weight, significance mean a quality or aspect having great worth or significance. importance implies a value judgment of the superior worth or influence of something or someone <a region with no cities of importance>. consequence generally implies importance because of probable or possible effects <the style you choose is of little consequence>. moment implies conspicuous or self-evident consequence <a decision of great moment>. weight implies a judgment of the immediate relative importance of something <the argument carried no weight with the judge>. significance implies a quality or character that should mark a thing as important but that is not self-evident and may or may not be recognized <the treaty's significance>.
SIGNIFICANCE Defined for Kids


noun sig·nif·i·cance \sig-ˈni-fi-kəns\

Definition of SIGNIFICANCE for Kids

:  meaning 2 <What is the significance of the ribbon she's wearing?>
:  importance <It's a subject of some significance.>


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