[ si-man-tik ]
See synonyms for semantic on
  1. of, relating to, or arising from the different meanings of words or other symbols: semantic change; semantic confusion.

  2. of or relating to semantics.

Origin of semantic

First recorded in 1655–65; from Greek sēmantikós “having meaning,” equivalent to sēmant(ós) “marked” (sēman-, base of sēmaínein “to show, mark” + -tos verbal adjective suffix; akin to sêma “sign”) + -ikos -ic
  • Sometimes se·man·ti·cal [si-man-ti-kuhl] /sɪˈmæn tɪ kəl/ .

Other words from semantic

  • se·man·ti·cal·ly, adverb
  • non·se·man·tic, adjective
  • pseu·do·se·man·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for semantic


/ (sɪˈmæntɪk) /

  1. of or relating to meaning or arising from distinctions between the meanings of different words or symbols

  2. of or relating to semantics

  1. logic concerned with the interpretation of a formal theory, as when truth tables are given as an account of the sentential connectives

Origin of semantic

C19: from Greek sēmantikos having significance, from sēmainein to signify, from sēma a sign

Derived forms of semantic

  • semantically, adverb

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