semiotics

[see-mee-ot-iks, sem-ee-, see-mahy-]

noun (used with a singular verb)

the study of signs and symbols as elements of communicative behavior; the analysis of systems of communication, as language, gestures, or clothing.
a general theory of signs and symbolism, usually divided into the branches of pragmatics, semantics, and syntactics.

Nearby words

  1. semiofficial,
  2. semiology,
  3. semiopaque,
  4. semiotic,
  5. semiotician,
  6. semioviparous,
  7. semipalatinsk,
  8. semipalmate,
  9. semipalmated plover,
  10. semipalmated sandpiper

Origin of semiotics

First recorded in 1875–80; see origin at semiotic, -ics

Related formsse·mi·o·ti·cian [see-mee-uh-tish-uh n, sem-ee-, see-mahy-] /ˌsi mi əˈtɪʃ ən, ˌsɛm i-, ˌsi maɪ-/, noun

semiotic

[see-mee-ot-ik, sem-ee, see-mahy-]

adjective Also se·mi·ot·i·cal.

of or relating to signs.
of or relating to semiotics.
Medicine/Medical. of or relating to symptoms; symptomatic.

noun

Origin of semiotic

1615–20; (def 3) < Greek sēmeiōtikós significant, equivalent to sēmeiō-, verbid stem of sēmeioûn to interpret as a sign (derivative of Greek sēmeîon sign) + -tikos -tic; (def 4) < Greek sēmeiōtikḗ, noun use of feminine of sēmeiōtikós, adapted by John Locke (on the model of Greek logikḗ logic, etc.; see -ic) to mean “the doctrine of signs”; (defs 1, 2) based on Locke's coinage or a reanalysis of the Gk word

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British Dictionary definitions for semiotics

semiotics

semeiotics

noun (functioning as singular)

the study of signs and symbols, esp the relations between written or spoken signs and their referents in the physical world or the world of ideasSee also semantics, syntactics, pragmatics
the scientific study of the symptoms of disease; symptomatology
Also: semiology, semeiology

semiotic

semeiotic

adjective

relating to signs and symbols, esp spoken or written signs
relating to semiotics
of, relating to, or resembling the symptoms of disease; symptomatic

Word Origin for semiotic

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

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Word Origin and History for semiotics
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