verb (used with object), con·not·ed, con·not·ing.

to signify or suggest (certain meanings, ideas, etc.) in addition to the explicit or primary meaning: The word “fireplace” often connotes hospitality, warm comfort, etc.
to involve as a condition or accompaniment: Injury connotes pain.

verb (used without object), con·not·ed, con·not·ing.

to have significance only by association, as with another word: Adjectives can only connote, nouns can denote.

Origin of connote

1645–55; < Medieval Latin connotāre, equivalent to Latin con- con- + notāre to note
Can be confusedconnote denote

Synonyms for connote Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for connoted

Historical Examples of connoted

  • Steam and gunpowder and electricity, what wonderful ideas were connoted in the words!

    The Doomsman

    Van Tassel Sutphen

  • It was not the house; it was the significance of all connoted by the house.

    This Freedom

    A. S. M. Hutchinson

  • Similar intellectual peculiarities seem to be connoted by the external differences which mark off other races from each other.

    Woman and Labour

    Olive Schreiner

  • When this was connoted to her she could scarcely keep her temper within the bounds of maternal tenderness.

    The Daughter of the Storage

    William Dean Howells

  • Such preponderance (or logical priority), either of the one or the other, may be implied or connoted by the denomination given.

British Dictionary definitions for connoted


verb (tr; often takes a clause as object)

(of a word, phrase, etc) to imply or suggest (associations or ideas) other than the literal meaningthe word "maiden" connotes modesty
to involve as a consequence or condition

Word Origin for connote

C17: from Medieval Latin connotāre, from notāre to mark, make a note, from nota mark, sign, note
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Word Origin and History for connoted



1660s, from Medieval Latin connotare "to mark along with," (see connotation). A common word in medieval logic. Related: Connoted; connoting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper