Definition of notion in English:


Syllabification: no·tion
Pronunciation: /ˈnōSHən


  • 2An impulse or desire, especially one of a whimsical kind: she had a notion to call her friend at work
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    • Eagleton says that opinion, appetite or inclinations are notions of individual desire that become a person's subjectivity.
    • And this desire transcends all notions of fear for one's own safety.
    • But ‘the social gap in notions of fun may have more to do with age than gender.’
    impulse, inclination, whim, desire, wish
    dated fancy
  • 3 (notions) chiefly North American Items used in sewing, such as buttons, pins, and hooks.
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    • Store small notions, such as buttons, pins and snaps, in empty film containers, pill bottles or baby food jars.
    • Crafters will often use a backpack to transport fabric and other sewing notions to a guild meeting, leaving both hands free to carry the sewing machine.
    • Also be sure to get such notions as thread, zippers, buttons, and interfacing.


late Middle English: from Latin notio(n-) 'idea', from notus 'known', past participle of noscere.

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