- something serving to represent or indicate some fact, event, feeling, etc.; sign: Black is a token of mourning.
- a characteristic indication or mark of something; evidence or proof: Malnutrition is a token of poverty.
- a memento; souvenir; keepsake: The seashell was a token of their trip.
- something used to indicate authenticity, authority, etc.; emblem; badge: Judicial robes are a token of office.
- Also called token coin. a stamped piece of metal, issued as a limited medium of exchange, as for bus fares, at a nominal value much greater than its commodity value.
- anything of only nominal value similarly used, as paper currency.
- an item, idea, person, etc., representing a group; a part as representing the whole; sample; indication.
- Logic, Linguistics. a particular instance of a word, symbol, expression, sentence, or the like: A printed page might have twenty tokens of the single type-word “and.”Compare type(def 8).
- to be a token of; signify; symbolize.
- serving as a token: a token gift; a token male on an all-female staff.
- slight; perfunctory; minimal: token resistance.
- by the same token,
- in proof of which.
- moreover; furthermore: She has a talent as a painter, and by the same token has a sharp eye for detail.
- in token of, as a sign of; in evidence of: a ring in token of his love.
Origin of token
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Examples from the Web for token
But, but … there was a token black girl in the background, Target cried in its defense!One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem
January 2, 2015
But before the former First Lady left the Obama Administration, the Tanzanian Ambassador wanted to give her a token of esteem.Meditation Rugs, Swords, and Horse Head Fiddles: The Strangest Gifts Given to Government Bigwigs
November 11, 2014
Eventually, it was gifted to Czar Peter the Great as a token of goodwill between the Germans and Russians.The Biggest Art Heist of WWII is Still Unsolved
October 15, 2014
“I would advise any candidate to assess their viability and not just do a token run,” said Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster.Does Team Hillary Want a Democratic Challenge?
September 25, 2014
He said some current social media efforts “border on token activism.”Ebola Tweets Are Missing the Target
August 3, 2014
Whoever is in need of help the world over, by that token has a claim on us.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
And twice he had been oblivious to that token of their maturing understanding.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
And the women would slowly nod their heads in token of assent.My Double Life
I wish she would; she could 'bear a message and a token,' as the song says.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
But Alice responded only by moving her head slowly, in token of refusal.Alice Adams
- an indication, warning, or sign of something
- a symbol or visible representation of something
- something that indicates authority, proof, or authenticity
- a metal or plastic disc, such as a substitute for currency for use in slot machines
- a memento
- a gift voucher that can be used as payment for goods of a specified value
- (modifier) as a matter of form only; nominala token increase in salary
- linguistics a symbol regarded as an individual concrete mark, not as a class of identical symbolsCompare type (def. 11)
- philosophy an individual instance: if the same sentence has different truth-values on different occasions of utterance the truth-value may be said to attach to the sentence-tokenCompare type (def. 13)
- by the same token moreover and for the same or a similar reason
- (tr) to act or serve as a warning or symbol of; betoken
Word Origin and History for token
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.