Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “connotation”

See all translations

connotation

noun [C] uk   /ˌkɒn.əˈteɪ.ʃən/ us    /ˌkɑː.nə-/
a feeling or idea that is suggested by a particular word although it need not be a part of the word's meaning, or something suggested by an object or situation: The word "lady" has connotations of refinement and excessive femininity that some women find offensive.
connote
verb [T] uk   /kəˈnəʊt/ us    /-ˈnoʊt/ formal
To me, chocolate connotes pleasure and indulgence.
(Definition of connotation from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of connotation?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “connotation” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

sail

When a boat or a ship sails, it travels on the water.

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

dumbwalking noun

April 20, 2015
walking slowly, without paying attention to the world around you because you are consulting a smartphone He told me dumbwalking probably wouldn’t be a long-term problem.

Read More