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English noun: symbol

1. symbol (communication) an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance


Broader (hypernym)sign, signal, signaling


Narrower (hyponym)accolade, award, brand, Crown, dollar, dollar mark, dollar sign, honor, honour, icon, identifier, impression, item, laurels, lingam, mantle, mark, mark, marker, marking, monogram, nose, number, numeral, pound, pound sign, printed symbol, staff, stain, stamp, stigma, stock symbol, symbolism, token, type, variable, written symbol

2. symbol (cognition) something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible


SamplesThe eagle is a symbol of the United States.


Synonymssymbolic representation, symbolisation, symbolization


Broader (hypernym)representational process


Narrower (hyponym)allegory, cornucopia, crossbones, death's head, emblem, horn of plenty, oriflamme, white feather









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