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semiotics

[see-mee-ot-iks, sem-ee-, see-mahy-] /ˌsi miˈɒt ɪks, ˌsɛm i-, ˌsi maɪ-/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
the study of signs and symbols as elements of communicative behavior; the analysis of systems of communication, as language, gestures, or clothing.
2.
a general theory of signs and symbolism, usually divided into the branches of pragmatics, semantics, and syntactics.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; see semiotic, -ics
Related forms
semiotician
[see-mee-uh-tish-uh n, sem-ee-, see-mahy-] /ˌsi mi əˈtɪʃ ən, ˌsɛm i-, ˌsi maɪ-/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for semiotician

semiotician

/ˌsɛmɪəˈtɪʃən/
noun
1.
a person who studies semiotics

semiotics

/ˌsɛmɪˈɒtɪks; ˌsiːmɪ-/
noun (functioning as sing)
1.
the study of signs and symbols, esp the relations between written or spoken signs and their referents in the physical world or the world of ideas See also semantics, syntactics, pragmatics
2.
the scientific study of the symptoms of disease; symptomatology
Also semiology, semeiology
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Word Origin and History for semiotician

semiotics

n.

study of signs and symbols with special regard to function and origin, 1880, from semiotic; also see -ics. Medical sense is from 1660s.

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