Definitions

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

  • n. A detailed description of a person's appearance, as for police files.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of signalling, or of signalizing.
  • n. Description by peculiar, appropriate, or characteristic marks.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of signaling, or of signalizing; hence, description by peculiar, appropriate, or characteristic marks.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A making known by signs or indications; specifically, a description by external marks or characteristics for identification.
  • n. The act of signaling.

Etymologies

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

French signalement, from signaler, to mark out, from signal, signal; see signal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

signal +‎ -ment

Examples

  • There he stood calling hastily for a drink; and her heart more than her eyes took in his, to her, consecrated signalment -- the riding-boots, short clothes, blue coat, cocked hat, ruffles.

    Balcony Stories

  • His passport had only been issued at the British Legation in Stockholm, and his description tallied exactly with the signalment issued by Scotland

    The Days Before Yesterday

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