Definition of designation
1 : the act of indicating or identifying the designation of a speech sound
2 : appointment to or selection for an office, post, or service awaiting his next designation
3 : a distinguishing name, sign, or title … the only star in Lynx with a Greek letter designation — Richard Berry approved the area's designation as a wildlife refuge
4 : the relation between a sign and the thing signified
Examples of designation in a sentence
Though many people call her a liberal, it is not a designation she uses herself.
we've never given the homemade gadget a proper designation
Origin and Etymology of designation
First Known Use: 14th century
DESIGNATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of designation for English Language Learners
: the act of officially choosing someone or something to do or be something
: a name or title that identifies someone or something
DESIGNATION Defined for Kids
Definition of designation for Students
1 : an act of choosing to be or do something Voters approved designation of the land as a wildlife refuge.
2 : a name, sign, or title that identifies something His official designation is Chief of Security.
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