Definition of "signifier" [signifier]

  • (noun) One that signifies.
  • (noun) Linguistics A linguistic unit or pattern, such as a succession of speech sounds, written symbols, or gestures, that conveys meaning; a linguistic sign. The signifier of the concept "tree” is, in English, the string of speech sounds (t), (r), and (ē); in German, (b), (ou), and (m).

Use "signifier" in a sentence

  • "A social signifier is one that is either created or interpreted by people or society, signifying social activity or appropriate social behavior."
  • "This country's chief signifier is our staggering capacity to isolate ourselves from the effects of our political and lifestyle choices."
  • "Return of the MacGuffin: Iran and Nuclear Weapons (K-punk) “A MacGuffin (sometimes spelt McGuffin or Magoffin), an empty master-signifier, is a now-ubiquitous plot device or catalyst that holds no meaning or purpose of its own except to motivate the players or characters and advance a narrative or story.”"

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