- Serving as, or relating to a symbol, emblem or illustration of a type.
- (figurative) Typical.
- 2015 June 9, “Women’s World Cup 2015: England beaten by France in Group F opener”, in The Guardian (London):
- With Le Sommer withdrawn, France – now with five in midfield – seemed content to hold on for a deceptively narrow win. Such containment tactics can prove high risk but the only threat England could muster was a shot from Aluko which flew high and wide. It seemed entirely emblematic of their afternoon.
- 2019 March 13, Oliver Norgrove, “Hypnotised by cake and unicorns, the Brexit perfectionists have blown it”, in The Guardian:
- The result of yesterday’s meaningful vote in the House of Commons, much like the first in January, was emblematic of a very striking Brexit reality: that the principle barrier to leaving the EU comes from the very people most desperate to see it happen.
serving as a symbol