Pronunciation: (mē'ning),[key] —n. 1. what is intended to be, or actually is, expressed or indicated; signification; import: the three meanings of a word. 2. the end, purpose, or significance of something: What is the meaning of life? What is the meaning of this intrusion? 3. Ling. a. the nonlinguistic cultural correlate, reference, or denotation of a linguistic form; expression.
b. linguistic content (opposed to expression).
—adj. 1. intentioned (usually used in combination): She's a well-meaning person. 2. full of significance; expressive: a meaning look.