From Middle English informacion, enformacion, from Anglo-Norman informacioun, enformation, Old French information, from Latin īnfōrmātiō (“formation, conception; education”), from the participle stem of īnformāre (“to inform”). Compare West Frisian ynformaasje (“information”), Dutch informatie (“information”), German Information (“information”), Danish information (“information”), Swedish information (“information”).
- Things that are or can be known about a given topic; communicable knowledge of something. [from 14th c.]
- I need some more information about this issue.
- The act of informing or imparting knowledge; notification. [from 14th c.]
- For your information, I did this because I wanted to.
- (law) A statement of criminal activity brought before a judge or magistrate; in the UK, used to inform a magistrate of an offence and request a warrant; in the US, an accusation brought before a judge without a grand jury indictment. [from 15th c.]
- (obsolete) The act of informing against someone, passing on incriminating knowledge; accusation. [14th-17th c.]
- (now rare) The systematic imparting of knowledge; education, training. [from 14th c.]
- (now rare) The creation of form; the imparting of a given quality or characteristic; forming, animation. [from 17th c.]
- (computing) […] the meaning that a human assigns to data by means of the known conventions used in its representation.
- (Christianity) Divine inspiration. [from 15th c.]
- A service provided by telephone which provides listed telephone numbers of a subscriber. [from 20th c.]
- (information theory) Any unambiguous abstract data, the smallest possible unit being the bit. [from 20th c.]
- As contrasted with data, information is processed to extract relevant data. [from late 20th c. early 21th c.]
- (Information Technology Industry Jargon) Any ordered sequence of symbols (or signals) (that could contain a message). [from late 20th c. early 21th c.]
- The definition of information in the computing context is from an international standard vocabulary which, though formally accepted, is largely ignored by the computing profession that should be adhering to it.
- (An) information.
information f (plural informations)
- (countable) piece of information; datum
- Cette information nous est parvenue hier soir.
- (plural only) news
- Tous les jours, il regarde la télé le midi pour suivre les informations.
- (uncountable) information
- Théorie de l'information.
- “information” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).