Meaning of SYMBOLIC in English


/ sɪmˈbɒlɪk; NAmE -ˈbɑːlɪk/ adjective

symbolic (of sth) containing symbols, or being used as a symbol :

The dove is symbolic of peace.

The Channel Tunnel has enormous symbolic significance for a united Europe.

The new regulations are largely symbolic (= they will not have any real effect) .

►  sym·bol·ic·al·ly / ˌsɪmˈbɒlɪkli; NAmE -ˈbɑːlɪk-/ adverb :

a symbolically significant gesture



mid 17th cent.: from French symbolique or late Latin symbolicus , from Greek sumbolikos .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.