Etymology
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signification (n.)

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

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