Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

Etymologies

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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