1. the act of indicating or pointing out by name

Similar word(s): indication

Definition categories: communication, naming

2. the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression; the class of objects that an expression refers to

Similar word(s): extension, reference

Definition categories: thought, meaning, substance

Sentences with denotation as a noun:

- The denotations of the two expressions "the morning star" and "the evening star" are the same (i.e. both expressions denote the planet Venus), but their connotations are different.