I have brought thee myrrh for mortality; In tokening those shalt mankind restore To life by thy death upon a tree.
Over their coffee, they heard the rumble of an anchor-chain through a hawse-pipe, tokening the arrival of a vessel.
A cup full of gold here I have thee brought In tokening thou art without peer.
So that he bare with him always till his death day, in tokening to think of his father's death.
Old English tacen "sign, symbol, evidence" (related to tæcan "show, explain, teach"), from Proto-Germanic *taiknan (cf. Old Saxon tekan, Old Norse teikn "zodiac sign, omen, token," Old Frisian, Middle Dutch teken, Dutch teken, Old High German zeihhan, German zeichen, Gothic taikn "sign, token"), from PIE root *deik- "to show" (see teach).
Meaning "coin-like piece of stamped metal" is first recorded 1590s. Original sense of "evidence" is retained in by the same token (mid-15c.), originally "introducing a corroborating evidence."
"nominal," 1915, from token (n.). In integration sense, first recorded 1960.