signalment

[ sig-nl-muhnt ]
/ ˈsɪg nl mənt /

noun

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

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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
/ (ˈsɪɡnəlmənt) /

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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