Signifier meaning

sĭgnə-fīər
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(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).
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One that signifies.
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A person or thing that signifies.
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(linguis.) A sound or group of sounds, an image, or a symbol that stands for an object or concept.
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(linguistics) The sound of spoken word or string of letters on a page that a person recognizes as a sign.
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Origin of signifier

  • Translation of French signifiant present participle of signifier to signify

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition