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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
Latin, from signifer, adjective, bearing a sign, bearing the heavenly signs, from signum sign + -i- + -fer -ferous
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“Signifer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/signifer. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.
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