• IPA: /sɪɡˈnɪ.fɪ.kənt/
  • (America, also) IPA: /sɪɡˈnɪ.fɪ.ɡənt/


  1. Signifying something; carrying meaning.
    a significant word or sound; a significant look
    • It was well said of Plotinus, that the stars were significant, but not efficient.
    • Percy Fitzgerald, The Supercargo's Story
      As evening came on, it grew prematurely dark and cloudy; while the waves acquired that dull indigo tint so significant of ugly weather.
  2. Having a covert or hidden meaning.
  3. Having a noticeable or major effect; notable.
    That was a significant step in the right direction.
    The First World War was a significant event.
  4. Reasonably large in number or amount.
  5. (statistics) Having a low probability of occurring by chance (for example, having high correlation and thus likely to be related).
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significant (plural significants)

  1. That which has significance; a sign; a token; a symbol.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Sixt”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene iv]:
      In dumb significants proclaim your thoughts.

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