What does notion mean?

Definitions for notionˈnoʊ ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word notion.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. impression, feeling, belief, notion, opinion(noun)

    a vague idea in which some confidence is placed

    "his impression of her was favorable"; "what are your feelings about the crisis?"; "it strengthened my belief in his sincerity"; "I had a feeling that she was lying"

  2. notion(noun)

    a general inclusive concept

  3. notion, whim, whimsy, whimsey(noun)

    an odd or fanciful or capricious idea

    "the theatrical notion of disguise is associated with disaster in his stories"; "he had a whimsy about flying to the moon"; "whimsy can be humorous to someone with time to enjoy it"

  4. notion(noun)

    (usually plural) small personal articles or clothing or sewing items

    "buttons and needles are notions"


  1. Notion

    Miscellaneous small objects; sundries; -- usually referring to articles displayed together for sale.

  2. Origin: [L. notio, fr. noscere to know: cf. F. notion. See Know.]


  1. notion(Noun)

    Mental apprehension of whatever may be known or imagined; an idea; a conception; more properly, a general or universal conception, as distinguishable or definable by marks or notu00E6.

  2. notion(Noun)

    A sentiment; an opinion.

  3. notion(Noun)

    Sense; mind. Shakespeare.

  4. notion(Noun)

    An invention; an ingenious device; a knickknack.

    Yankee notions

  5. notion(Noun)

    Any small article used in sewing and haberdashery, such as a button or zipper.

  6. notion(Noun)

    Inclination; intention; disposition.

    I have a notion to do it.

  7. Origin: From notio, from noscere. Compare French notion. See know.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Notion

    mental apprehension of whatever may be known or imagined; an idea; a conception; more properly, a general or universal conception, as distinguishable or definable by marks or notae

  2. Notion

    a sentiment; an opinion

  3. Notion

    sense; mind

  4. Notion

    an invention; an ingenious device; a knickknack; as, Yankee notions

  5. Notion

    inclination; intention; disposition; as, I have a notion to do it

  6. Origin: [L. notio, fr. noscere to know: cf. F. notion. See Know.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Notion

    nō′shun, n. the art of forming a conception in the mind of the various marks or qualities of an object: the result of this act, a conception: opinion: belief: judgment: a caprice or whim: any small article ingeniously devised or invented, usually in pl.adj. Nō′tional, of the nature of a notion: ideal: fanciful.—adv. Nō′tionally, in notion or mental apprehension: in idea, not in reality.—n. Nō′tionist, one who holds ungrounded opinions. [Fr.,—L. notion-emnoscĕre, notum, to know.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'notion' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2743

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'notion' in Nouns Frequency: #995


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of notion in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of notion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Samantha Power:

    This notion that accountability can wait because peace has to come first is just an inherently flawed and self-defeating notion.

  2. John Updike:

    Four years was enough of Harvard. I still had a lot to learn, but had been given the liberating notion that now I could teach myself.

  3. John Updike:

    The essential support and encouragement comes from within, arising out of the mad notion that your society needs to know what only you can tell it.

  4. George Bernard Shaw:

    The notion that the colonel need be a better man than the private is as confused as the notion that the keystone need be stronger than the coping stone.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    The notion that we can simply ratchet up sanctions further and further and further and then ultimately Putin changes his mind, I think is a miscalculation.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • anlayış, məfhum, fikirAzerbaijani
  • төшөнсә, фекерBashkir
  • pojem, představaCzech
  • Gedanke, Ahnung, Ansicht, Denkbild, Idee, Absicht, Einfall, Lust, Begriff, Auffassung, NeigungGerman
  • γνώμη, άποψη, αντίληψη, θεώρησηGreek
  • intención, noción, ganasSpanish
  • käsite, käsitys, aikomusFinnish
  • notionFrench
  • nóisean, smaoineamh, éirimIrish
  • smaoinScottish Gaelic
  • elképzelés, gondolat, elgondolás, fogalomHungarian
  • បំណង, គំនិត, សញ្ញាណKhmer
  • مه‌فهومKurdish
  • поим, претстава, став, намера, мислаMacedonian
  • notie, besefDutch
  • pojęciePolish
  • noção, opinião, idéia, intençãoPortuguese
  • noțiune, opinie, înclinațieRomanian
  • понятие, представление, мнениеRussian
  • nosyon, görüş, fikir, mefhum, eğilim, kavramTurkish
  • поняттяUkrainian
  • khái niệmVietnamese

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