[ sig-nuh-fahy-er ]
/ ˈsɪg nəˌfaɪ ər /


a person or thing that signifies.
the configuration of sound elements or other linguistic symbols representing a word or other meaningful unit in a language.

Nearby words

  1. significant symbol,
  2. signification,
  3. significative,
  4. significs,
  5. signified,
  6. signifié,
  7. signify,
  8. signifying,
  9. signing,
  10. signior

Compare signified.

Origin of signifier

First recorded in 1525–35; signify + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for signifier



1530s, agent noun from signify. In U.S. black use by 1962.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper