- the act of intimating, or making known indirectly.
- a hint; suggestion: The death of his father was his first intimation of mortality.
Examples from the Web for intimation
Evidently this was an intimation to him to keep away from the stables.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
When be spoke, she was to answer frankly, and await the intimation of his will.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
Betty confirms this intimation, that I must go to my uncle's on Thursday.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
But how shall I do to make my fair-one keep her temper on the intimation?Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
She would have no one escort her to the station; she would give no intimation of her plans.Four Girls and a Compact
Annie Hamilton Donnell
- a hint or suggestion
- rare an announcement or notice
Word Origin and History for intimation
mid-15c., "action of making known," from Middle French intimation (late 14c.), from Late Latin intimationem (nominative intimatio) "an announcement" (in Medieval Latin "a judicial notification"), noun of action from past participle stem of intimare (see intimate). Meaning "suggestion, hint" is from 1530s.