[ dez-ig-ney-shuh n ]
/ ˌdɛz ɪgˈneɪ ʃən /


an act of designating.
the fact of being designated.
something that designates; a distinctive name or title; appellation.
nomination, appointment, or election to an office, position, etc.: His designation as treasurer has been confirmed.

Nearby words

  1. designate,
  2. designated,
  3. designated driver,
  4. designated employment,
  5. designated hitter,
  6. designed,
  7. designedly,
  8. designee,
  9. designer,
  10. designer baby

Origin of designation

1350–1400; Middle English designacioun < Latin dēsignātiōn- (stem of dēsignātiō) a marking out, equivalent to dēsignāt(us) (see designate) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsde·des·ig·na·tion, nounre·des·ig·na·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for designation


/ (ˌdɛzɪɡˈneɪʃən) /


something that designates, such as a name or distinctive mark
the act of designating or the fact of being designated
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Word Origin and History for designation



late 14c., "action of pointing out," from Old French designacion or directly from Latin designationem (nominative designatio) "a marking out, specification," noun of action from past participle stem of designare (see design (v.)). Meaning "descriptive name" is from 1824.

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