verb (used with object), sym·boled, sym·bol·ing or (especially British) sym·bolled, sym·bol·ling.
Origin of symbol
Examples from the Web for symbol
We see detoxing as a path to transcendence, a symbol of modern urban virtue and self-transformation through abstinence.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It is now possible the building can be a symbol for progress.
Conservative Muslim women in Turkey hailed Esme as a martyr and a symbol of female strength and resistance.Allah, Mom, and Baklava: Turkish President Uses Mothers and Kids as Political Pawns|Xanthe Ackerman|November 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In Wicca, the female goddess is represented by the Moon, a symbol of Mother Earth and fertility.‘Gods of Suburbia’: Dina Goldstein’s Arresting Photo Series on Religion vs. Consumerism|Dina Goldstein|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She hoped to fashion them into a necklace, she said, as a symbol of the pain she had endured.
In the Crown was gathered all the national ends, it was a symbol at once of unity and of power.England of My Heart--Spring|Edward Hutton
She was mysterious, significant, full of obscure meaning —like a symbol.Tales of Unrest|Joseph Conrad
It suddenly became clear to her what it is to most women, the manifestation of an inward thought, a language, a symbol.A Daughter of Eve|Honore de Balzac
This symbol was first rounded into and then changed first to , and ultimately to .
His life stands as a symbol of the way a true love of home and community is tied to a love of all God's children everywhere.Frank H. Nelson of Cincinnati|Warren C. Herrick
British Dictionary definitions for symbol
verb -bols, -bolling or -bolled or US -bols, -boling or -boled
Word Origin for symbol
Word Origin and History for symbol
early 15c., "creed, summary, religious belief," from Late Latin symbolum "creed, token, mark," from Greek symbolon "token, watchword" (applied c.250 by Cyprian of Carthage to the Apostles' Creed, on the notion of the "mark" that distinguishes Christians from pagans), literally "that which is thrown or cast together," from syn- "together" (see syn-) + bole "a throwing, a casting, the stroke of a missile, bolt, beam," from bol-, nominative stem of ballein "to throw" (see ballistics).
The sense evolution in Greek is from "throwing things together" to "contrasting" to "comparing" to "token used in comparisons to determine if something is genuine." Hence, "outward sign" of something. The meaning "something which stands for something else" first recorded 1590 (in "Faerie Queene").
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Culture definitions for symbol (1 of 2)
An object or name that stands for something else, especially a material thing that stands for something that is not material. The bald eagle is a symbol of the United States of America. The cross is a symbol of Christianity. The Star of David is a symbol of Judaism.
Culture definitions for symbol (2 of 2)
Something that represents or suggests something else. Symbols often take the form of words, visual images, or gestures that are used to convey ideas and beliefs. All human cultures use symbols to express the underlying structure of their social systems, to represent ideal cultural characteristics, such as beauty, and to ensure that the culture is passed on to new generations. Symbolic relationships are learned rather than biologically or naturally determined, and each culture has its own symbols.
Idioms and Phrases with symbol
see status symbol.