Referent vs Signifier - What's the difference?

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Referent is a related term of signifier.


As nouns the difference between referent and signifier

is that referent is (semantics) the specific entity in the world that a word or phrase identifies or denotes while signifier is (linguistics) the sound of spoken word or string of letters on a page that a person recognizes as a sign.

referent

Noun

(en noun)
  • (semantics) The specific entity in the world that a word or phrase identifies or denotes.
  • That which is referenced.
  • Derived terms

    * absent referent

    Anagrams

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    signifier

    English

    (Intension)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (linguistics) The sound of spoken word or string of letters on a page that a person recognizes as a sign.