[see-mee-ot-iks, sem-ee-, see-mahy-]
noun (used with a singular verb)
the study of signs and symbols as elements of communicative behavior; the analysis of systems of communication, as language, gestures, or clothing.
a general theory of signs and symbolism, usually divided into the branches of pragmatics, semantics, and syntactics.

1875–80; see semiotic, -ics

semiotician [see-mee-uh-tish-uhn, sem-ee-, see-mahy-] , noun Unabridged


[see-mee-ot-ik, sem-ee, see-mahy-]
adjective Also, semiotical.
of or pertaining to signs.
of or pertaining to semiotics.
Medicine/Medical. of or pertaining to symptoms; symptomatic.

1615–20; (def 3) < Greek sēmeiōtikós significant, equivalent to sēmeiō-, verbid stem of sēmeioûn to interpret as a sign (derivative of Greek sēmeîon sign) + -tikos -tic; (def 4) < Greek sēmeiōtikḗ, noun use of feminine of sēmeiōtikós, adapted by John Locke (on the model of Greek logikḗ logic, etc.; see -ic) to mean “the doctrine of signs”; (defs 1, 2) based on Locke's coinage or a reanalysis of the Gk word Unabridged
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semiotic or semeiotic (ˌsɛmɪˈɒtɪk, ˌsiːmɪ-, ˌsɛmɪˈɒtɪk, ˌsiːmɪ-)
1.  relating to signs and symbols, esp spoken or written signs
2.  relating to semiotics
3.  of, relating to, or resembling the symptoms of disease; symptomatic
[C17: from Greek sēmeiōtikos taking note of signs, from sēmeion a sign]
semeiotic or semeiotic
[C17: from Greek sēmeiōtikos taking note of signs, from sēmeion a sign]

semiotics or semeiotics (ˌsɛmɪˈɒtɪks, ˌsiːmɪ-, ˌsɛmɪˈɒtɪks, ˌsiːmɪ-)
1.  semantics syntactics See also pragmatics 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
2.  the scientific study of the symptoms of disease; symptomatology
semeiotics or semeiotics

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Word Origin & History

study of signs and symbols with special regard to function and origin, 1880, from Gk. semeiotikos "observant of signs," adj. form of semeiosis "indication," from semeioun "to signal," from sema "sign."
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Example sentences
As the discipline of semiotics has taught us, signs are made everywhere.
He scribbles notes to himself, as if wrestling with the finer points of
They amount to oracular experiments in graphic semiotics.
Eco offers two diagrams almost as elaborate as those that appear in his works
  on semiotics.
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