early 14c., significacioun, "symbolization, representation," from Old French significacion and directly from Latin significationem (nominative significatio) "a signifying, indication, expression, sign, token, meaning, emphasis," noun of action from past-participle stem of significare "make known, indicate" (see signify). It is attested from late 14c. as "meaning" (of a word, etc.). Old English used getacnung as a loan-translation of Latin significatio.
updated on October 24, 2022