- importance; consequence: the significance of the new treaty.
- meaning; import: The familiar place had a new significance for her.
- the quality of being significant or having a meaning: to give significance to dull chores.
Origin of significance
Examples from the Web for significances
He was quick and alert in the things of life, but only in the things, and not in the significances.Lost Face
If we can just get that word and its significances over to the women in this town!Selina
George Madden Martin
As tints, so significances, more delicate shall be won by man's soul in contact with nature.Nature Mysticism
J. Edward Mercer
The significances which it is meant that clothes should bear are still most numerous and important.The Heritage of Dress
Wilfred Mark Webb
My word, as an exclamation with a thousand significances, could have arrived from nowhere else than Old England.The Cruise of the Snark
- consequence or importance
- something signified, expressed, or intended
- the state or quality of being significant
Word Origin and History for significances
c.1400, "meaning," from Old French significance or directly from Latin significantia "meaning, force, energy," from significans, present participle of significare "to mean, import, signify" (see signify). The earlier word was signifiance (mid-13c.). Meaning "importance" is from 1725. Related: Significancy.