sig·​ni·​fi·​er ˈsig-nə-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce signifier (audio)
: one that signifies
: a symbol, sound, or image (such as a word) that represents an underlying concept or meaning compare signified

Examples of signifier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In these environments, despite the confines, fashion was a crucial signifier, a means of forging community and maybe even falling in love as a result. Colleen Hamilton, New York Times, 4 June 2024 The cross-cultural signifiers don’t end with the casting. Mary Carole McCauley, Baltimore Sun, 21 Feb. 2024 Walking that red carpet is as good a signifier as any that a person qualifies as a celebrity. Moises Mendez Ii, TIME, 6 May 2024 Blazers remained a mainstay for him, this staple has always served as a signifier of his chic appearance. Robyn Mowatt, Essence, 10 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for signifier 

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Word History

First Known Use

1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of signifier was in 1532

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Cite this Entry

“Signifier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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