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[kuh-noht] /kəˈnoʊt/
verb (used with object), connoted, connoting.
to signify or suggest (certain meanings, ideas, etc.) in addition to the explicit or primary meaning:
The word “fireplace” often connotes hospitality, warm comfort, etc.
to involve as a condition or accompaniment:
Injury connotes pain.
verb (used without object), connoted, connoting.
to have significance only by association, as with another word:
Adjectives can only connote, nouns can denote.
Origin of connote
1645-55; < Medieval Latin connotāre, equivalent to Latin con- con- + notāre to note
Can be confused
connote, denote.
1. intimate, imply. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She must greatly dislike Thespianism with all that it connoted of mildewed statuary in an English garden.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2 Compton Mackenzie
  • It was not the house; it was the significance of all connoted by the house.

    This Freedom A. S. M. Hutchinson
  • Such an event can hardly be "celebrated," for it connoted too much of misery and human sorrow.

  • Similar intellectual peculiarities seem to be connoted by the external differences which mark off other races from each other.

    Woman and Labour Olive Schreiner
  • Steam and gunpowder and electricity, what wonderful ideas were connoted in the words!

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • When this was connoted to her she could scarcely keep her temper within the bounds of maternal tenderness.

    The Daughter of the Storage William Dean Howells
  • To defeat such a policy Anson's constitution and the strategy it connoted were thoroughly well adapted and easy to work.

    Some Principles of Maritime Strategy Julian Stafford Corbett
  • Such preponderance (or logical priority), either of the one or the other, may be implied or connoted by the denomination given.

  • The Greek for egg is oon, and our egg may be connoted not only with Echo—the supposed voice of Ech?

    Archaic England Harold Bayley
  • Such are the operations which are connoted by the true conception of "A fleet in being."

    Some Principles of Maritime Strategy Julian Stafford Corbett
British Dictionary definitions for connoted


verb (transitive; often takes a clause as object)
(of a word, phrase, etc) to imply or suggest (associations or ideas) other than the literal meaning: the word "maiden" connotes modesty
to involve as a consequence or condition
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin connotāre, from notāre to mark, make a note, from nota mark, sign, note
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Word Origin and History for connoted



1660s, from Medieval Latin connotare "to mark along with," (see connotation). A common word in medieval logic. Related: Connoted; connoting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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