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SYMBOL (symbolled, symbolling)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does symbol mean? 

SYMBOL (noun)
  The noun SYMBOL has 2 senses:

1. an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance
2. something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible

  Familiarity information: SYMBOL used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

SYMBOL (noun)

Sense 1symbol [BACK TO TOP]


An arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("symbol" is a kind of...):

sign; signal; signaling (any communication that encodes a message)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "symbol"):

monogram (a graphic symbol consisting of 2 or more letters combined (usually your initials); printed on stationery or embroidered on clothing)

impression; stamp (a symbol that is the result of printing)

mantle (the cloak as a symbol of authority)

Crown (the Crown (or the reigning monarch) as the symbol of the power and authority of a monarchy)

staff (a rod carried as a symbol)

icon ((computer science) a graphic symbol (usually a simple picture) that denotes a program or a command or a data file or a concept in a graphical user interface)

mark; marker; marking (a distinguishing symbol)

identifier (a symbol that establishes the identity of the one bearing it)

dollar; dollar mark; dollar sign (a symbol of commercialism or greed)

printed symbol; written symbol (a written or printed symbol)

lingam (the Hindu phallic symbol of Siva)

stock symbol (the letters used to identify listed companies on the securities exchanges where they are traded)

accolade; award; honor; honour; laurels (a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction)

brand; mark; stain; stigma (a symbol of disgrace or infamy)

item; token (an individual instance of a type of symbol)

type (all of the tokens of the same symbol)

nose (a symbol of inquisitiveness)

number; numeral (a symbol used to represent a number)

symbolism (a system of symbols and symbolic representations)

variable (a symbol (like x or y) that is used in mathematical or logical expressions to represent a variable quantity)

Sense 2symbol [BACK TO TOP]


Something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


symbolic representation; symbol; symbolisation; symbolization

Context example:

the eagle is a symbol of the United States

Hypernyms ("symbol" is a kind of...):

representational process (any basic cognitive process in which some entity comes to stand for or represent something else)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "symbol"):

crossbones (two crossed bones (or a representation of two crossed bones) used as a symbol danger or death)

allegory; emblem (a visible symbol representing an abstract idea)

white feather (a symbol of cowardice)

oriflamme (an inspiring symbol or ideal that serves as a rallying point in a struggle)

death's head (a human skull (or a representation of a human skull) used as a symbol of death)

cornucopia; horn of plenty (a goat's horn filled with grain and flowers and fruit symbolizing prosperity)

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