Definitions

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

  • n. A belief or opinion.
  • n. A mental image or representation; an idea or conception.
  • n. A fanciful impulse; a whim. See Synonyms at idea.
  • n. Small lightweight items for household use, such as needles, buttons, and thread.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Mental apprehension of whatever may be known or imagined; an idea; a conception; more properly, a general or universal conception, as distinguishable or definable by marks or notæ.
  • n. A sentiment; an opinion.
  • n. Sense; mind. Shakespeare.
  • n. An invention; an ingenious device; a knickknack.
  • n. Any small article used in sewing and haberdashery, such as a button or zipper.
  • n. Inclination; intention; disposition.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mental apprehension of whatever may be known or imagined; an idea; a conception; more properly, a general or universal conception, as distinguishable or definable by marks or notæ.
  • A sentiment; an opinion.
  • Sense; mind.
  • An invention; an ingenious device; a knickknack.
  • Inclination; intention; disposition.
  • Miscellaneous small objects; sundries; -- usually referring to articles displayed together for sale.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A general concept; a mental representation of a state of things.
  • n. A thought; a cognition.
  • n. In the Lockian philos., a complex idea.
  • n. In the Hegelian philos., that comprehensive conception in which conflicting elements are recognized as mere factors of the whole truth.
  • n. An opinion; a sentiment; a view; especially, a somewhat vague belief, hastily caught up or founded on insufficient evidence and slight knowledge of the subject.
  • n. A desire, inclination, intention, or sentiment, generally not very deep nor rational; a caprice; a whim.
  • n. The mind; the power of knowledge; the understanding.
  • n. In a concrete sense, a small article of convenience; a, utensil; some small useful article involving ingenuity or inventiveness in its conception or manufacture: commonly in the plural.
  • n. Synonyms and Impression, fancy.

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

  • n. (usually plural) small personal articles or clothing or sewing items
  • n. a vague idea in which some confidence is placed
  • n. a general inclusive concept
  • n. an odd or fanciful or capricious idea

Etymologies

Middle English nocioun, concept, from Latin nōtiō, nōtiōn-, from nōtus, known, past participle of nōscere, to get to know.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin notio ("a becoming acquainted, a taking cognizance, an examination, an investigation, a conception, idea, notion"), from noscere ("to know"). Compare French notion. See know. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • My mother always bought her spools of threads and other sewing items in the Notions Department at Hochschild Kohn (a now-vanished Baltimore department store).

    May 9, 2008

  • WeirdNET 7 is an fascinating definition. My mother has a room full of patchwork notions but I've never heard the word used this way.

    May 9, 2008