Definition of smoke signal in English:

smoke signal

noun

  • 1A column of smoke used as a way of conveying a message to a distant person.

    • ‘Many of their traditions and their original methods of communication - their language, smoke signals, and messages carried by people on foot - have survived.’
    • ‘In times of danger, during the Crusades, smoke signals were relayed between Saladin's Castle, Marqab, Safita and Crac des Chevaliers, our next stop.’
    • ‘Tribes in Kurdistan set up a primitive warning system with observers and smoke signals to warn the most likely targets of the approach of British aircraft.’
    • ‘There is sign language, flag semaphores, smoke signals, and Morse code.’
    • ‘The smoke signals from the Vatican were certainly this week's most newsworthy communicative acts.’
    1. 1.1An indication of someone's intentions or views.
      ‘the Iowa caucuses might have given a small smoke signal of the Democrats' likely choice’
      • ‘As ever in Northern Ireland, however, the smoke signals are confused and indistinct.’
      • ‘If you read The Sunday Times last week, there were smoke signals that gave you a pretty good idea what that might be.’
      • ‘Both financial markets and the businesses community have been looking for smoke signals from the government about when or if the UK would take the plunge.’
      • ‘Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's office is sending smoke signals that we all squint to interpret.’
      • ‘Various smoke signals have been sent up, but in truth, nobody knows. This is the type of thing that Bertie always, always keeps in pectore until the very last moment.’

Pronunciation:

smoke signal

/smōk ˈsiɡnəl/