- To connote is defined as to suggest or convey an additional meaning or a special importance to the usual meaning of a specific word.
An example of to connote is to imply many qualities about a relationship by calling someone your partner.
transitive verbconnoted, connoting
- to suggest or convey (associations, overtones, etc.) in addition to the explicit, or denoted, meaning: the word “mother” means “female parent,” but it generally connotes love, care, tenderness, etc.
- to imply or involve as a result, accompaniment, etc.
Origin of connoteMedieval Latin connotare ; from Classical Latin com-, together + notare, to mark: see note
transitive verbcon·not·ed, con·not·ing, con·notes
- To suggest or imply in addition to literal meaning: The word “lion” denotes a kind of wild cat but connotes courage and dignity.
- To have as a related or attendant condition: For a political leader, hesitation is apt to connote weakness.
Origin of connoteMedieval Latin connotāre, to mark along with : Latin com-, com- + Latin notāre, to mark (from nota, mark; see gnō- in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present connotes, present participle connoting, simple past and past participle connoted)
- To signify beyond its literal or principal meaning.
- Racism often connotes an underlying fear or ignorance.
- To possess an inseparable related condition; to imply as a logical consequence.
- Poverty connotes hunger.
- (intransitive) To express without overt reference; to imply.
- (intransitive) To require as a logical predicate to consequence.
From Medieval Latin connotō (“signify beyond literal meaning”), from com- (“together”), + notō (“mark”).