[ toh-kuhn ]
/ ˈtoʊ kən /


verb (used with object)

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.

Nearby words

  1. tokara islands,
  2. tokay,
  3. toke,
  4. tokelau,
  5. tokelau islands,
  6. token economy,
  7. token money,
  8. token payment,
  9. token strike,
  10. token vote


    by the same token,
    1. in proof of which.
    2. 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

before 900; Middle English; Old English tāc(e)n; cognate with German Zeichen, Old Norse teikn sign, mark. See teach

Related formspre·to·ken, noun, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tokening


/ (ˈtəʊkən) /



(tr) to act or serve as a warning or symbol of; betoken

Word Origin for token

Old English tācen; related to Old Frisian tēken, Old Saxon tēkan, Old High German zeihhan, Old Norse teikn; see teach

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Word Origin and History for tokening
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with tokening


see by the same token; in token of.

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