- the associated or secondary meaning of a word or expression in addition to its explicit or primary meaning: A possible connotation of “home” is “a place of warmth, comfort, and affection.”
- the act of connoting; the suggesting of an additional meaning for a word or expression, apart from its explicit meaning.
Origin of connotation
Examples from the Web for connotation
In case the connotation is lost, “Theater Kid” is not a good thing here.
The Detached connotation: Military occupation also conveys a degree of detachment.
This term carries no connotation of teleology, as here used.The Value of Money|Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
We are more certain of their denotation than of their connotation; and though they may be explained, they cannot be defined.
An incorrigible is a terrible human being—at least such is the connotation of “incorrigible” in prison psychology.The Jacket (The Star-Rover)|Jack London
But a difference would none the less seem to be implied in the connotation of the two terms.
Then you come to that prison as gruesome in its name as the Tower of London is romantic in its connotation—the Tombs.Turns about Town|Robert Cortes Holliday
British Dictionary definitions for connotation
Word Origin and History for connotation
1530s, from Medieval Latin connotationem (nominative connotatio), from connotat-, past participle stem of connotare "signify in addition to the main meaning," a term in logic, literally "to mark along with," from Latin com- "together" (see com-) + notare "to mark" (see note).
A word denotes its primary meaning, its barest adequate definition -- father denotes "one that has begotten." A word connotes the attributes commonly associated with it -- father connotes "male sex, prior existence, greater experience, affection, guidance."
Culture definitions for connotation
The meaning that a word suggests or implies. A connotation includes the emotions or associations that surround a word. For example, the word modern strictly means “belonging to recent times,” but the word's connotations can include such notions as “new, up to date, experimental.”