signifier

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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
sig•ni•fier  (signə fī′ər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Linguisticsa person or thing that signifies.
  2. Linguisticsthe configuration of sound elements or other linguistic symbols representing a word or other meaningful unit in a language. Cf.  signified. 
  • signify + -er1 1525–35

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