Meaning of SEMANTICS in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ si-ˈman-tiks ]

noun plural but singular or plural in construction

Date: 1893

1. : the study of meanings:

a. : the historical and psychological study and the classification of changes in the signification of words or forms viewed as factors in linguistic development


(1) : semiotic

(2) : a branch of semiotic dealing with the relations between signs and what they refer to and including theories of denotation, extension, naming, and truth

2. : general semantics


a. : the meaning or relationship of meanings of a sign or set of signs ; especially : connotative meaning

b. : the language used (as in advertising or political propaganda) to achieve a desired effect on an audience especially through the use of words with novel or dual meanings

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.