signifier

Definitions of signifier
  1. noun
    the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something
    synonyms: descriptor, form, word form
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    plural, plural form
    the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
    singular, singular form
    the form of a word that is used to denote a singleton
    ghost word
    a word form that has entered the language through the perpetuation of an error
    base, radical, root, root word, stem, theme
    (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed
    etymon, root
    a simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes
    citation form, entry word, main entry word
    the form of a word that heads a lexical entry and is alphabetized in a dictionary
    abbreviation
    a shortened form of a word or phrase
    acronym
    a word formed from the initial letters of the several words in the name
    apocope
    abbreviation of a word by omitting the final sound or sounds
    type of:
    word
    a unit of language that native speakers can identify
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