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[sig-nuh-fahy-er] /ˈsɪg nəˌfaɪ ər/
a person or thing that signifies.
the configuration of sound elements or other linguistic symbols representing a word or other meaningful unit in a language.
Compare signified.
Origin of signifier
1525-35; signify + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Science fiction writers had long used videophones as a signifier of a technologically advanced civilization.
  • Macintosh has become a symbol of a sort of intellectual freedom, a signifier that someone has logged into the digital age.
  • Or as the semiologists would say, a politician's rhetoric is the signifier rather than the signified.
  • Give each group a colored armband or other group signifier.
Word Origin and History for signifier

1530s, agent noun from signify. In U.S. black use by 1962.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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