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signifier Syllabification: sig·ni·fi·er
Pronunciation: /ˈsiɡnəˌfī(ə)r/

Definition of signifier in English:


A sign’s physical form (such as a sound, printed word, or image) as distinct from its meaning. Compare with signified.
Example sentences
  • In Saussure's theory of linguistics, the signifier is the sound and the signified is the thought.
  • Phonology was of linguistic interest only to the extent that sound patterns functioned as signifiers.
  • They draw attention to contingent referents, the signifiers and the sign-systems that position subjects as such.

Words that rhyme with signifier

personifier • unifier
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