signalment

noun

sig·​nal·​ment ˈsig-nᵊl-mənt How to pronounce signalment (audio)
: description by peculiar, appropriate, or characteristic marks
specifically : the systematic description of a person for purposes of identification

Word History

Etymology

French signalement, from signaler

First Known Use

1778, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of signalment was in 1778

Dictionary Entries Near signalment

Cite this Entry

“Signalment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/signalment. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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