Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) something of sentimental value
  2. (noun, artifact) a metal or plastic disk that can be redeemed or used in designated slot machines
  3. (noun, communication) something serving as a sign of something else
  4. (noun, communication) an individual instance of a type of symbol
  5. (adj, all) insignificantly small; a matter of form only (`tokenish' is informal)
    a token gesture of resistance
    a toknenish gesture

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Synonyms of Token

item, keepsake, nominal, relic, souvenir, tokenish

Origin of the word Token

  1. O.E. tacen "sign, symbol, evidence" (related to t?can "show, explain, teach"), from P.Gmc. *taiknan (cf. O.S. tekan, O.N. teikn "zodiac sign, omen, token," O.Fris., M.Du. teken, Du. teken, O.H.G. zeihhan, Ger. zeichen, Goth. taikn "sign, token"), from PIE base *deik- "to show" (see teach). Meaning "coi… more

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