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Topic: VISUAL

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'

symbol

noun
     
sym‧bol W3 [countable]
1AV 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.
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