- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌkɑnəˈteɪʃən/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌkɒnəˈteɪʃən/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- Rhymes: -eɪʃən
- Hyphenation: con‧no‧ta‧tion
connotation (plural connotations)
- (semantics) A meaning of a word or phrase that is suggested or implied, as opposed to a denotation, or literal meaning. A characteristic of words or phrases, or of the contexts that words and phrases are used in.
- The word "advisedly" has a connotation of "wisely", although it denotes merely "intentionally" and "deliberately."
- The word "happy" has a positive connotation, while "sad" has a negative connotation.
- (logic) The attribute or aggregate of attributes connoted by a term, contrasted with denotation.
- The two expressions "the morning star" and "the evening star" have different connotations but the same denotation (i.e. the planet Venus).
suggested or implied meaning
- John A. Simpson and Edmund S. C. Weiner, editors (1989), “connotation”, in The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, →ISBN.
connotation f (plural connotations)