- the branch of linguistics concerned with the nature, the structure, and the development and changes of the meanings of speech forms, or with contextual meaning
- the branch of semiotics dealing with relationships of signs and symbols to the things to which they refer, or with referential meaning
- [often with pl. v.] the relationships between signs and symbols and the concepts, feelings, etc. associated with them in the minds of their interpreters; notional meaning
- [often with pl. v.] the meanings of words, specif. in terms of their connotations, subtle distinctions, etc.
- general semantics
Origin of semanticsfrom semantic, based on French sémantique