Definition of connotation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌkɒnəˈteɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːnəˈteɪʃn//
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an idea suggested by a word in addition to its main meaning The word ‘professional’ has connotations of skill and excellence. negative connotations compare denotation Wordfinderconnotation, definition, dictionary, homonym, meaning, pronunciation, spelling, synonym, vocabulary, word Word Originmid 16th cent.: from medieval Latin connotatio(n-), from connotare ‘mark in addition’, from con- ‘together with’ + notare ‘to note’.Extra examples That word has strong sexual connotations. The notion of abuse has wider connotations than the physical. The term ‘at-risk youth’ has taken on broad connotations. The term ‘native’ has acquired pejorative connotations among some groups. The word carries connotations of romance. There is no sexual connotation to this behaviour/​behavior. There were political connotations in such choices. the cultural connotations of these conventions the derogatory connotation of the term ‘diva’ the negative connotations attached to the word ‘academic’ the obvious symbolic connotations of his name words that today have religious connotations
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