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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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