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< French symbole < Latin symbolus, symbolum (a sign, mark, token, symbol, in Late Latin also a creed) < Ancient Greek σύμβολον (sumbolon), a sign by which one infers something; a mark, token, badge, ticket, tally, check, a signal, watchword, outward sign) < συμβάλλω (sumballō), I throw together, dash together, compare, correspond, tally, come to a conclusion) < σύν (sun), with, together) + βάλλω (ballō), I throw, put)



symbol (plural symbols)

  1. A character or glyph representing an idea, concept or object.
    $ is the symbol for dollars in the US and some other countries.
    '#' is the hash symbol.
  2. 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.
  3. (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.
  4. 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.

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