signalment

[sig-nl-muh nt]

noun

a detailed description, especially of distinctive features, of a person for identification, usually for police purposes.

Nearby words

  1. signal-to-noise ratio,
  2. signaling,
  3. signalize,
  4. signally,
  5. signalman,
  6. signatory,
  7. signature,
  8. signature loan,
  9. signature tune,
  10. signboard

Origin of signalment

1770–80; < French signalement, derivative of signaler to signalize. See signal, -ment

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British Dictionary definitions for signalment

signalment

noun

US a detailed description of a person, for identification or use in police records

Word Origin for signalment

from French signalement, from signaler to distinguish

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