signalment

noun
sig·nal·ment | \ ˈsig-nᵊl-mənt \

Definition of signalment 

: description by peculiar, appropriate, or characteristic marks specifically : the systematic description of a person for purposes of identification

First Known Use of signalment

1778, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for signalment

French signalement, from signaler

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