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

Definition of connote

transitive verb

1a : to convey in addition to exact explicit meaning all the misery that poverty connotes For her, the word "family" connotes love and comfort.
b : to imply as a logical connotation
2 : to be associated with or inseparable from as a consequence or concomitant the remorse so often connoted by guilt

Examples of connote in a Sentence

The word “childlike” connotes innocence. For her, the word “family” connotes love and comfort.
Recent Examples on the Web The designer says that Paola’s blond hair helped connote poshness. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 26 Nov. 2021 The après-ski standby, whose familiar patterns connote instant coziness, has been migrating to runways of late, popping up in myriad fall collections. New York Times, 4 Nov. 2021 Along with their use in hunting, for some Americans, AR-15-type weapons also connote patriotism, which can be traced back to the M16 military rifle that became prominent during the Vietnam War, according to Garrett. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 27 Oct. 2021 The agency’s public plea pointed out the unique characteristics of the writing: How dashes were used to connote dates instead of slashes. Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2021 Fast food might connote easy accessibility or overindulgence in the West, but McDonald’s presented a different kind of comfort for my family and me. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2021 Consuming something doesn’t necessarily connote expertise. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2021 The detailed sketch of Ralph on the motorcycle, helmet on, angled slightly down right to left to connote speed and travel, with the title in a distinctive font just below, is worth looking at for a long time to appreciate the skill of the design. John Warner,, 5 Apr. 2021 Its ailing state is not obvious; there are no spurts of blood, rotting branches, or mysterious pustules that might connote malady in a more charismatic creature. Sabrina Imbler, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of connote

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for connote

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

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1 Dec 2021

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“Connote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of connote

: to make you think about (something) in addition to the word's meaning


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