- importance; consequence: the significance of the new treaty.
- meaning; import: The familiar place had a new significance for her.
- the quality of being significant or having a meaning: to give significance to dull chores.
Origin of significance
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Examples from the Web for significance
Most people, however, understood the significance of the photo immediately-- especially those who share my skin.What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?
December 30, 2014
The significance of the history of women in the early Church is not lost on Episcopalian.
Her experiences are recorded in a prison diary in which she has visions that have significance for the whole community.
The quote is apocryphal, but that has not changed its significance for Army football players.A West Point MVP Who Never Played a Down
December 13, 2014
He was a!ways ready to tell a story that seemed fraught with significance.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Of the significance of the life of this great man, it would be superfluous to speak.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
It is doubtful if she would have realized its significance, had she seen it.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
And this illustration has significance for more than the physical order of revelation.Understanding the Scriptures
Even then its significance was disregarded and its importance underrated.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
Peter knew he was experiencing a ceremony of some kind, the significance of which he must learn.Her Father's Daughter
- consequence or importance
- something signified, expressed, or intended
- the state or quality of being significant
Word Origin and History for significance
c.1400, "meaning," from Old French significance or directly from Latin significantia "meaning, force, energy," from significans, present participle of significare "to mean, import, signify" (see signify). The earlier word was signifiance (mid-13c.). Meaning "importance" is from 1725. Related: Significancy.