Meaning of SYMBOL in English

SYMBOL

sym ‧ bol W3 AC /ˈsɪmb ə l/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ symbol , ↑ symbolism ; verb : ↑ symbolize ; adverb : ↑ symbolically ; adjective : ↑ symbolic ]

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ symbol , ↑ symbolism ; verb : ↑ symbolize ; adverb : ↑ symbolically ; adjective : ↑ symbolic ]

[ Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: symbolum , from Greek symbolon 'proof of who someone is, checked by comparing its other half' , from symballein 'to throw together, compare' , from syn- ( ⇨ ↑ syn- ) + ballein 'to throw' ]

1 . a picture or shape that has a particular meaning or represents a particular organization or idea ⇨ sign :

The symbol on the packet is a guarantee that the food has been produced organically.

symbol of

The dove is a symbol of peace.

2 . a letter, number, or sign that represents a sound, an amount, a chemical substance etc

symbol for

Fe is the chemical symbol for iron.

3 . someone or something that represents a particular quality or idea

symbol of

Space exploration provides a symbol of national pride.

⇨ ↑ sex symbol

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.