[ see-mee-ot-ik, sem-ee, see-mahy- ]
See synonyms for: semiotics on

adjectiveAlso se·mi·ot·i·cal.
  1. of or relating to signs.

  2. of or relating to semiotics.

  1. Medicine/Medical. of or relating to symptoms; symptomatic.


Origin of semiotic

First recorded in 1615–20; from Greek sēmeiōtikós “observant of (medical) signs, significant,” equivalent to sēmeiō-, verbal stem of sēmeioûn “to interpret as a sign” (derivative of Greek sēmeîon “sign”) + -tikos adjective suffix; cf. semantic, -ic

Words Nearby semiotic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use semiotic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for semiotic



/ (ˌsɛmɪˈɒtɪk, ˌsiːmɪ-) /

  1. relating to signs and symbols, esp spoken or written signs

  2. relating to semiotics

  1. of, relating to, or resembling the symptoms of disease; symptomatic

Origin of semiotic

C17: from Greek sēmeiōtikos taking note of signs, from sēmeion a sign

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012