- The definition of a connotation is an idea suggested by another idea.
An example of connotation is the name Hitler being associated with negative images.
connotation definition by Webster's New World
- the act or process of connoting
- something connoted; idea or notion suggested by or associated with a word, phrase, etc. in addition to its explicit meaning, or denotation: “politician” has different connotations from “statesman”
- Logic the properties possessed by all the objects in a term's extension; intension
Origin: Middle English connotacion ; from Midieval Latin connotatio
connotation definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The act or process of connoting.
- a. An idea or meaning suggested by or associated with a word or thing: Hollywood holds connotations of romance and glittering success.b. The set of associations implied by a word in addition to its literal meaning.
- Logic The set of attributes constituting the meaning of a term; intension.
- conˈno·taˌtive adjective
- conˈno·taˌtive·ly adverb
connotation - Cultural Definition
The meaning that a word suggests or implies. A connotation includes the emotions or associations that surround a word. For example, the word modern strictly means “belonging to recent times,” but the word's connotations can include such notions as “new, up to date, experimental.”