- the class of particulars to which a term is applicable.
- that which is represented by a sign.
Words nearby denotation
How to use denotation in a sentence
You’ll find circles, as in denotations for birdies, under holes No.Justin Rose, with a back nine out of a dream, races to a four-shot lead at the Masters|Chuck Culpepper, Scott Allen, Des Bieler|April 9, 2021|Washington Post
To fix the connotation of a concrete name, or the denotation of the corresponding abstract, is to define the name.A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive|John Stuart Mill
The denotation of this eery evil tread of ruined lives grated terribly on Lem's highly tensioned nerves.The Red Debt|Everett MacDonald
It is common to distinguish two aspects, meaning and denotation, such phrases as "the author of Waverley."
For if the denotation alone were relevant, any other phrase with the same denotation would give the same proposition.
A second reason is that propositions concerning "the so-and-so" are possible even when "the so-and-so" has no denotation.
British Dictionary definitions for denotation
Cultural definitions for denotation
The basic dictionary meaning of a word, without its connotations. For example, the denotation of the word modern is “belonging to recent times,” although the word may have different connotations.