- 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.
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Example sentences from the Web for connotation
An aerial image shows what appears to be a spa, roiling water apparently carrying no nasty connotations.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built|Michael Daly|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It really is crazy that the word “feminist” can have negative connotations in 2014.Natalie Dormer Talks ‘Hunger Games,’ Feminism, and Why ‘Game of Thrones’ Needs More Dick|Marlow Stern|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hugh Bonneville denies claims dog is being killed off due to the unfortunate connotations of its name, "Isis".No, Downton Dog "Isis" Is Not Being Killed Off Because of Worries Over Jihadi Group|Tom Sykes|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As Armstrong writes, “It was not a ‘great objective something,’ but had imprecise connotations of obligation and taboo.”Karen Armstrong’s New Rule: Religion Isn’t Responsible for Violence|Patricia Pearson|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The term has connotations of a category that he does not fall into.
These instructions have no connotations of the end of the world.Solomon and Solomonic Literature|Moncure Daniel Conway
The connotations of the name court are generally impressive.
There are connotations about the word challenge which are essentially dramatic.
He put down the word about which already such a host of new connotations had begun to cling.The Messenger|Elizabeth Robins
The education he had received was not exactly a frontier education with the usual connotations of that word.Thomas Jefferson|Gilbert Chinard
British Dictionary definitions for connotation
Derived forms of connotationconnotative (ˈkɒnəˌteɪtɪv, kəˈnəʊtə-) or connotive, adjectiveconnotatively or connotively, adverb
Cultural 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.”