con·​note kə-ˈnōt How to pronounce connote (audio)
connoted; connoting

transitive verb

: to convey in addition to exact explicit meaning
all the misery that poverty connotes
For her, the word "family" connotes love and comfort.
: to imply as a logical connotation
: to be associated with or inseparable from as a consequence or concomitant
the remorse so often connoted by guilt

Example Sentences

The word “childlike” connotes innocence. For her, the word “family” connotes love and comfort.
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Word History


Medieval Latin connotare, from Latin com- + notare to note

First Known Use

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of connote was in 1665

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Cite this Entry

“Connote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


con·​note kə-ˈnōt How to pronounce connote (audio)
connoted; connoting
: to suggest in addition to the exact meaning
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