[ sig-nuh-fi-key-shuh n ]
/ ˌsɪg nə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən /


meaning; import; sense.
the act or fact of signifying; indication.

Nearby words

  1. significant,
  2. significant digits,
  3. significant figures,
  4. significant other,
  5. significant symbol,
  6. significative,
  7. significs,
  8. signified,
  9. signifier,
  10. signifié

Origin of signification

1250–1300; Middle English significacion (< Old French signification, significaciun) < Latin significātiōn- (stem of significātiō) signal, emphasis, meaning, equivalent to significāt(us), past participle of significāre to signify (see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsnon·sig·ni·fi·ca·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for signification


/ (ˌsɪɡnɪfɪˈkeɪʃən) /


something that is signified; meaning or sense
the act of signifying
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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.).

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