Pronunciation: (dē"nō-tā'shun),[key] —n. 1. the explicit or direct meaning or set of meanings of a word or expression, as distinguished from the ideas or meanings associated with it or suggested by it; the association or set of associations that a word usually elicits for most speakers of a language, as distinguished from those elicited for any individual speaker because of personal experience. Cf. connotation. 2. a word that names or signifies something specific: “Wind” is the denotation for air in natural motion. “Poodle” is the denotation for a certain breed of dog. 3. the act or fact of denoting; indication.
4. something that denotes; mark; symbol.
5. Logic. a. the class of particulars to which a term is applicable.
b. that which is represented by a sign.