- a person or thing that signifies
- Linguis. a sound or group of sounds, an image, or a symbol that stands for an object or concept
- One that signifies.
- Linguistics A linguistic unit or pattern, such as a succession of speech sounds, written symbols, or gestures, that conveys meaning; a linguistic sign. The signifier of the concept “tree” is, in English, the string of speech sounds (t), (r), and (&emacron;); in German, (b), (ou), and (m).
Origin of signifierTranslation of French signifiant, present participle of signifier, to signify.
- (linguistics) The sound of spoken word or string of letters on a page that a person recognizes as a sign.