se·​mi·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌsē-mē-ˈä-lə-jē, ˌse-mē-, ˌsē-ˌmī- \

Definition of semiology

: the study of signs especially : semiotics

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Other Words from semiology

semiological \ (ˌ)sē-​ˌmī-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl , ˌse-​mē-​ə-​ \ adjective
semiologically \ (ˌ)sē-​ˌmī-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē , ˌse-​mē-​ə-​ \ adverb
semiologist \ ˌsē-​mē-​ˈä-​lə-​jist , ˌse-​mē-​, ˌsē-​ˌmī-​ \ noun

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The semiology of the cowboy being about as obvious as that of the Stars and Stripes pin. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Marco Rubio’s Shiny Boots Stir Up the Presidential Race," 7 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of semiology

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for semiology

Greek sēmeion sign

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The first known use of semiology was circa 1890

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variants: or semeiology \ ˌsem-​ē-​ˈäl-​ə-​jē , ˌsē-​mē-​ \
plural semiologies

Medical Definition of semiology

: the study of signs: as
b : semiotic

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to gather or build up little by little

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