signalment

noun
sig·​nal·​ment | \ ˈsig-nᵊl-mənt How to pronounce signalment (audio) \

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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“Signalment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/signalment. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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