semiotics

noun
se·​mi·​ot·​ics | \ ˌsē-mē-ˈä-tiks How to pronounce semiotics (audio) , ˌse-mē-, ˌsē-ˌmī- \
variants: or semiotic \ ˌsē-​mē-​ˈä-​tik How to pronounce semiotics (audio) , ˌse-​mē-​ , ˌsē-​ˌmī-​ \
plural semiotics

Definition of semiotics

: a general philosophical theory of signs and symbols that deals especially with their function in both artificially constructed and natural languages and comprises syntactics, semantics, and pragmatics

Other Words from semiotics

semiotic adjective
semiotician \ ˌsē-​mē-​ə-​ˈti-​shən How to pronounce semiotics (audio) , ˌse-​mē-​ , ˌsē-​ˌmī-​ \ noun
semioticist \ ˌsē-​mē-​ˈä-​tə-​sist How to pronounce semiotics (audio) , ˌse-​mē-​ , ˌsē-​ˌmī-​ \ noun

Examples of semiotics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This was distinctly worrisome to anyone steeped in the semiotics of Hollywood. Roger R. Smith, The New York Review of Books, 22 July 2021 Underneath the apparent respectability of his paintings, so smooth in their rendering of elegant references to semiotics and psychology, is a bad child, uncatchable and still uncaught, writhing with glee in the surplus fat of the twentieth century. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 24 Nov. 2021 This was distinctly worrisome to anyone steeped in the semiotics of Hollywood. Roger R. Smith, The New York Review of Books, 22 July 2021 This was distinctly worrisome to anyone steeped in the semiotics of Hollywood. Roger R. Smith, The New York Review of Books, 22 July 2021 This was distinctly worrisome to anyone steeped in the semiotics of Hollywood. Roger R. Smith, The New York Review of Books, 22 July 2021 The destruction of the Twin Towers was an epochal tragedy for which photographers, like Peress, had to find a different semiotics of loss. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 9 Sep. 2021 Geomythology could thus contribute to a linguistic field known as nuclear semiotics, which grapples with the problem of warning distant generations about hazardous waste. Timothy John Burbery, The Conversation, 6 Aug. 2021 This was distinctly worrisome to anyone steeped in the semiotics of Hollywood. Roger R. Smith, The New York Review of Books, 13 May 2021

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First Known Use of semiotics

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for semiotics

Greek sēmeiōtikos observant of signs, from sēmeiousthai to interpret signs, from sēmeion sign, from sēma sign

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7 Jan 2022

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“Semiotics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/semiotics. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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semiotics

noun

English Language Learners Definition of semiotics

: the study of signs and symbols and how they are used

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