Meaning of SYMBOL in English

SYMBOL

transcription, транскрипция: [ sɪmb(ə)l ]

( symbols)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.

1.

Something that is a symbol of a society or an aspect of life seems to represent it because it is very typical of it.

To them, the monarchy is the special symbol of nationhood...

She was put under house arrest two years ago but remained a powerful symbol in last year’s election.

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2.

A symbol of something such as an idea is a shape or design that is used to represent it.

I frequently use sunflowers as symbols of strength.

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3.

A symbol for an item in a calculation or scientific formula is a number, letter, or shape that represents that item.

What’s the chemical symbol for mercury?

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4.

see also sex symbol , status symbol

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