(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 (ē); in German, (b), (ou), and (m).
One that signifies.
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.
Origin of signifier
- Translation of French signifiant present participle of signifier to signify
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition