Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or quality of being significant. See Synonyms at importance.
  • n. A meaning that is expressed.
  • n. A covert or implied meaning. See Synonyms at meaning.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The extent to which something matters; importance
  • n. Meaning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being significant.
  • n. That which is signified; meaning; import.
  • n. Importance; moment; weight; consequence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That which, is signified; purport; covert sense; real or implied meaning; that which may be inferred in regard to any state of things from any circumstance: as, the significance of a metaphor, of a chance remark, of a look, of behavior.
  • n. Importance; move strictly, importance as significative of something interesting, but also, frequently, importance as affecting considerable interests: as, the great significance of many small things.
  • n. The character of being significant; force of meaning; distinct signification; expressiveness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the message that is intended or expressed or signified
  • n. the quality of being significant
  • n. a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred

Etymologies

From Latin significantia. (Wiktionary)

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