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In the debates over how Britain should handle its departure from the EU, fishing morphed into a symbol of Britain’s potential independence.The UK clothing industry wants the government to focus on fashion as much as on fishing|Marc Bain|February 9, 2021|Quartz
QAnon, a dangerous once-fringe collection of conspiracy theories, was well-represented in January’s deadly Capitol riot and many photos from the day show the prevalence of QAnon symbols and sayings.House punishes Republican lawmaker who promoted violent conspiracy theories|Taylor Hatmaker|February 5, 2021|TechCrunch
Some have turned masks into a symbol of government overreach.Time to double or upgrade masks as coronavirus variants emerge, experts say|Fenit Nirappil|January 27, 2021|Washington Post
In March, its northern city of Bergamo, then the site of the world’s deadliest Covid-19 outbreak, became a global symbol of the pandemic, as the number of dead forced army trucks to transport them to other cities for cremation.A government crisis is poised to make Italy’s Covid-19 trouble even worse|Annalisa Merelli|January 26, 2021|Quartz
Its journey from provincial beginnings to global fashion symbol traces Britain’s history as it became a financial powerhouse.What Dr. Martens’ IPO journey says about London’s financial future|John Detrixhe|January 23, 2021|Quartz
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
Sherlock Holmes is a new millennium sex symbol with books, movies, and TV episodes introducing him to a new generation of fans.Can Tarzan of the Apes Survive in a Post-Colonial World?|Ted Gioia|November 23, 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
Light, the symbol of life's joy, seems to be the first language in which the spirit of beauty speaks to a child.Children's Ways|James Sully
This method of concealing the face, together with the wearing of the immense hat, was a symbol of mourning.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike
The mayorʼs symbol of office is a cane with a silver knob, plated ferrule, and black cord and tassels.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
The olive, too, was sacred to Minerva, and as the symbol of peace was woven into the victors crown.
The symbol of the heaven-bound ship— —is mentioned by Clement of Alexandria as being in vogue in the second century.
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Cultural 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.
Cultural 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.
Other Idioms and Phrases with symbol
see status symbol.