One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
That signifies or intimates something; indicative of something. Later also: of or relating to meaning or signification.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Geoffrey Fenton (c1539–1608), translator and administrator in Ireland. From post-classical Latin significatorius serving to signify (late 2nd or early 3rd cent. in Tertullian) from classical Latin significāt-, past participial stem of significāre + -ōrius.
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