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Etymology

Literally "to throw together". From Late Latin symbolum "mark" or "token" < Ancient Greek σύμβολον (sumbolon) "a sign or token by which one infers a thing" < συμβάλλω (sumballō) "I throw together, dash together" < σύν (sun) "with, together" + βάλλω (ballō) "I throw"

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Noun

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symbol

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  1. A character or glyph representing an idea, concept or object.
    example
    • "$ 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.
    example
    • "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.
    example
    • The Apostles, Nicene Creed and the confessional books of Protestantism, such as the Augsburg Confession of Lutheranism are considered symbols.

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Inflection for symbol Singular Plural
common Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative symbol symbolen symboler symbolerna
Genitive symbols symbolens symbolers symbolernas

symbol

  1. symbol

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