This symbol is a denotation for the company Facebook.
- Denotation is defined as the literal dictionary definition of a word, as opposed to the feelings or emotions the word brings up.
An example of denotation is the actual definition of the word "love" listed in a dictionary, instead of all of the feelings associated with the word love.
- The definition of denotation is the act of referring to something by using a symbol, sign or special reference words.
- An example of denotation is a symbol that represents a brand name.
- An example of denotation is calling an auto mechanic a "car doctor."
- the act of denoting
- the direct, explicit meaning or reference of a word or term
- an indication or sign
- Rare a distinguishing name; designation
- Logic the class of all the particular objects to which a term refers; extension
Origin of denotationLate Latin denotatio
- The act of denoting; indication.
- Something, such as a sign or symbol, that denotes.
- Something signified or referred to; a particular meaning of a symbol.
- The most specific or direct meaning of a word, in contrast to its figurative or associated meanings.
- The act of denoting, or something (such as a symbol) that denotes
- (logic, linguistics, semiotics) The primary, literal, or explicit meaning of a word, phrase, or symbol; that which a word denotes, as contrasted with its connotation; the aggregate or set of objects of which a word may be predicated.
- The denotations of the two expressions "the morning star" and "the evening star" are the same (i.e. both expressions denote the planet Venus), but their connotations are different.
- (philosophy, logic) The intension and extension of a word
- (semantics) Something signified or referred to; a particular meaning of a symbol
- (semiotics) The surface or literal meaning encoded to a signifier, and the definition most likely to appear in a dictionary
- (computer science) Any mathematical object which describes the meanings of expressions from the languages, formalized in the theory of denotational semantics
- (media-studies) A first level of analysis: what the audience can visually see on a page. Denotation often refers to something literal, and avoids being a metaphor.
From to denote (from Middle French denoter, from Latin denotare "denote, mark out", itself from de- "completely" + notare "to mark") + -ation