- 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.
Origin of signifier
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Examples from the Web for signifier
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
February 2, 2014
The “it” bag was born–a talisman of stylishness and a signifier of insider savvy.The Language of Margaret Thatcher’s Handbags
April 8, 2013
Word Origin and History for signifier
1530s, agent noun from signify. In U.S. black use by 1962.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper