Definition of Signifier

1. Noun. The phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something. "The inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached"

Exact synonyms: Descriptor, Form, Word Form
Category relationships: Linguistics
Generic synonyms: Word
Specialized synonyms: Plural, Plural Form, Singular, Singular Form, Ghost Word, Base, Radical, Root, Root Word, Stem, Theme, Etymon, Root, Citation Form, Entry Word, Main Entry Word, Abbreviation, Acronym
Derivative terms: Signify



Definition of Signifier

1. Noun. (linguistics) The sound of spoken word or string of letters on a page that a person recognizes as a sign. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Signifier

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Signifier

significant
significant digit
significant figure
significant other
significant others
significantly
signification
significations
significative
significativity
significator
significatory
significs
signified
signifieds
signifier (current term)
signifiers
signifies
signifiest
signifieth
signify
signifying
signifying chain
signifyings
signing
signing in
signing off
signing on
signing out
signing up

Literary usage of Signifier

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The royal phraseological English-French, French-English dictionary by John Charles Tarver (1853)
"signifier une vente de meubles, to give notice of a »ale. signifier un exploit ... signifier à domicile, to give a person notice at hi» residence of—. ..."

2. Conceptions of Social Inquiry by J. J. Snyman (1993)
"Moreover, he (Saussure) undercuts the privileged position that the phonic signifier (the spoken word) or "expressive substance" customarily enjoyed by ..."

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