Definitions

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

  • n. The implicit meaning or theme of a literary text.
  • n. The underlying personality of a dramatic character as implied or indicated by a script or text and interpreted by an actor in performance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The implicit meaning of a text, often a literary one, or a speech or dialogue.

Etymologies

sub- +‎ text (Wiktionary)

Examples

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.