- meaning; import; sense.
- the act or fact of signifying; indication.
Origin of signification
Related Words for significationbell, foreboding, prediction, evidence, warning, divination, witness, index, indicator, prognostic, hint, foreknowledge, presentiment, premonition, badge, forewarning, trace, nod, symbol, clue
Examples from the Web for signification
Historical Examples of signification
Moreover, they will know the signification of this appetite.The Sexual Question
What if my Lady's refusal to receive this evening may have some signification in it?The Daltons, Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
This rite may have the signification of looking for children.
Still it is according to a words present signification that we must apply it now.English Past and Present
Richard Chevenix Trench
What is the signification of these day symbols in this connection?Notes on Certain Maya and Mexican Manuscripts
- something that is signified; meaning or sense
- the act of signifying
Word Origin and History for signification
early 14c., "symbolization, representation," from Old French significacion and directly from Latin significationem (nominative significatio) "a signifying, indication, expression, sign, token, meaning, emphasis," noun of action from past participle stem of significare "make known, indicate" (see signify). From late 14c. as "meaning" (of a word, etc.).