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
semioticianplay \-ə-ˈti-shən\ noun
semioticistplay \-ˈä-tə-sist\ noun
Recent Examples of semiotics from the Web
Like many online and off in today’s political culture, Zuckerberg devotes a lot of mental energy to the semiotics of communication —
Still, whether the act of appropriation was an endorsement of Sanders’s brand of democratic socialism or a move meant to bait the world’s semiotics professors is likely to remain up for debate.
We’re watching the semiotics come together in front of our eyes.
The language games were like something out of a semiotics classroom.
And unlike a lot of books about perception, Understanding Comics is written in a medium that makes semiotics simple.
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Origin and Etymology of semiotics
Greek sēmeiōtikos observant of signs, from sēmeiousthai to interpret signs, from sēmeion sign, from sēma sign
First Known Use: 1880See Words from the same year
SEMIOTICS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of semiotics for English Language Learners
: the study of signs and symbols and how they are used
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