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signifier

[sig-nuh-fahy-er] /ˈsɪg nəˌfaɪ ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that signifies.
2.
the configuration of sound elements or other linguistic symbols representing a word or other meaningful unit in a language.
Compare signified.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; signify + -er1
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