From French symbole, from Latin symbolus, symbolum (“a sign, mark, token, symbol, in Late Latin also a creed”), from Ancient Greek σύμβολον (sumbolon, “a sign by which one infers something; a mark, token, badge, ticket, tally, check, a signal, watchword, outward sign”), from συμβάλλω (sumballō, “I throw together, dash together, compare, correspond, tally, come to a conclusion”), from σύν (sun, “with, together”) + βάλλω (ballō, “I throw, put”)
symbol (plural symbols)
- A character or glyph representing an idea, concept or object.
- $ is the symbol for dollars in the US and some other countries.
- '#' is the octothorpe symbol.
- Chinese people use word symbols for writing.
- Any object, typically material, which is meant to represent another (usually abstract) even if there is no meaningful relationship.
- The dollar symbol has no relationship to the concept of currency or any related idea.
- (linguistics) A type of noun whereby the form refers to the same entity independently of the context; a symbol arbitrarily denotes a referent. See also icon and index.
- A summary of a dogmatic statement of faith.
- The Apostles, Nicene Creed and the confessional books of Protestantism, such as the Augsburg Confession of Lutheranism are considered symbols.
- Visible traces or impressions, made using a writing device or tool, that are connected together and/or are slightly separated. Sometimes symbols represent objects or events that occupy space or things that are not physical and do not occupy space.
- status symbol
- typographical symbol
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- symbol in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- symbol in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
From Ancient Greek σύμβολον (symbolon, “a sign by which one infers something; a mark, token, badge, ticket, tally, check, a signal, watchword, outward sign”).
- IPA: /symboːl/, [symˈb̥oːˀl]