- 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 connotations
The term has connotations of a category that he does not fall into.
Those are Western terms, laden with connotations of culture and medicalization.
The MAP process has its own connotations in Georgian culture as a kind of merit badge of Western acceptance.Obama Tells Georgia to Forget About NATO After Encouraging It to Join|Will Cathcart|March 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All these connotations of becoming a man, do usually tend to mean having sex.Even an Arrest Can’t Stop Clayton Pettet From Losing His Virginity in an Art Show|Nico Hines|December 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But the indifference to the connotations of "Odyssey" also shows that the name is probably meant for internal use.Why Is the Libya War Called Operation Odyssey Dawn?|Josh Dzieza|March 22, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Its effect was electrical, for on the instant all the connotations of “Michael” flooded his consciousness.Michael, Brother of Jerry|Jack London
Each was too busy studying that formula and examining its stunning implications and connotations.Masters of Space|Edward Elmer Smith
And he'll have to be fully aware of the humanic equations and all their connotations.Indirection|Everett B. Cole
To hover has other connotations, while to soar is properly to fly upward, and not to hang poised upon the air.An Introduction to the History of Science|Walter Libby
It would be interesting to go at some length into this question of romance, all its connotations and implications.The Technique of Fiction Writing|Robert Saunders Dowst
British Dictionary definitions for connotations
Word Origin and History for connotations
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 connotations
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.”