Linguis. the object or concept represented by a signifier (sense )
The concept that a signifier denotes.
Origin of signifiedTranslation of French signifié, past participle of signifier, to signify.
(usually uncountable, plural signifieds)
- Simple past tense and past participle of signify.
Variant of signify
transitive verbsignified, signifying
- to be a sign or indication of; mean: the rags that signify their poverty
- to show or make known, as by a sign, words, etc.: to signify approval by saying “aye”
Origin of signifyMiddle English signifien ; from Old French signifier ; from Classical Latin significare ; from signum, a sign + facere, to make, do
to have meaning or importance; be significant; matter