sig·​ni·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌsig-nə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce signification (audio) \

Definition of signification

1a : the act or process of signifying by signs or other symbolic means
b : a formal notification
2 : purport especially : the meaning that a term, symbol, or character regularly conveys or is intended to convey
3 chiefly dialectal : importance, consequence

Examples of signification in a Sentence

we should assume that the author is using the word in its ordinary signification
Recent Examples on the Web But oranges, which were a delicacy that Leonardo may have seen firsthand at the table of the Duke of Milan, bore significance in the history of painting beyond their signification of luxury. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 On March 25, the agency warned Pfizer (PFE) of signification violations at its Hospira facility in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, which makes sterile injectable medicines. Ed Silverman, STAT, 1 Apr. 2020 This self-signification is itself a paradox, insofar as Costa himself approaches the story of Vitalina with an utterly sealed-off, unbroken dramatic realism. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 22 Feb. 2020 The mixture of messages — the feminized dryer, the phallic gun — creates a seemingly dissonant pileup of signification that mixes male and female, desire and danger, laughter and heartache. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 30 Jan. 2020 Anxious to stake a claim for the paintings’ place in art history, critics load them up with extra signification. Stephen Metcalf, The Atlantic, 24 June 2018 Without getting too far into semiotics here, some of the most used emoji are prolifically traded not for their literal representations but for their cultural significations. Vogue, 8 Feb. 2018 Other pieces from the Conversions series saw Acconci burn the hair off his body using a candle or mold his chest into breasts, playing at the margins of gender signification. Kriston Capps, The Atlantic, 3 May 2017 Like the onset of holiday shopping, our presidential election season seems to arrive earlier—with more sound and fury and less signification—every cycle. Scott Dadich, WIRED, 26 May 2015 See More

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First Known Use of signification

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Signification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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