Meaning of différance in English:

différance

(also differance)

noun

Philosophy Literature
  • In the philosophy of Jacques Derrida: the impossibility of any sign within a system of signs having a fixed meaning; the process by which meaning is endlessly deferred from one sign to another within such a system.

Origin

1960s; earliest use found in The Times Literary Supplement. From French différance from différer to postpone, defer, also to differ + -ance, punningly after the homophone différence difference.

Pronunciation

différance

/ˌdɪfɛːˈrɑːns/ /ˌdiːfɛːˈrɒ̃ns/