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.
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How to use signifier in a sentence
For one, he is very comfortable in English—a key signifier of privilege in India—and occasionally drops US pop culture references that suggest he’s older than many other such workers.An anonymous Twitter account is delivering the most stinging critiques of India’s gig economy | Niharika Sharma | September 30, 2021 | Quartz
She said the way some companies rely on mainstream cultural signifiers can stray easily into stereotyping.Programmatic Marketing Summit Recap: Marketers brace for more unknowns amid industry-wide identity shifts | Sara Jerde | June 3, 2021 | Digiday
Sneakers, which have been linked to fashion and entertainment for decades, have become signifiers of cultural relevance and common collectors’ items.A prank company and Lil Nas X are selling ‘Satan Shoes’ containing a drop of human blood. Nike is suing. | Marisa Iati | April 1, 2021 | Washington Post
He has feelings for the letters, for the signifiers of Selin, but he doesn’t think he can actually access Selin herself.The true love story in Elif Batuman’s The Idiot is a love affair with language | Constance Grady | September 11, 2020 | Vox
That’s why we have signs — those combinations of signifier and signified.The true love story in Elif Batuman’s The Idiot is a love affair with language | Constance Grady | September 11, 2020 | Vox
In the '60s South, long hair was a signifier and a deal breaker for men.‘The Land of the Permanent Wave’ Is Bud Shrake’s Classic Take on ‘60s Texas | Edwin Shrake | February 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There is an even more doleful cultural signifier in all this: the mess that invariably follows the big announcement.
The “it” bag was born–a talisman of stylishness and a signifier of insider savvy.
In all travels the Moon is to be considered, for she is a general signifier of journeys, whether by sea or land.The Influence of the Stars | Rosa Baughan