- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM connotation
How to use connotation in a sentence
We just had to deal with the misconceptions, negative connotations and people who didn’t always want to give it the credibility it deserves.How break dancing made the leap from ’80s pop culture to the Olympic stage|Rick Maese|February 9, 2021|Washington Post
It is a word with intrinsically negative connotations that is generally applied to one’s enemies and opponents.
Two years ago, it launched a “work from home” week, both to test its mettle when it comes to conducting business virtually and to address negative connotations with remote work.Working From Home Was a Big Shift Even for the Companies Making the Gear We're Using to Work From Home|Patrick Lucas Austin|August 24, 2020|Time
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.”