- symbolic representation
Other Word Forms of Symbol
Origin of Symbol
From French symbole, from Latin symbolus, symbolum (“a sign, mark, token, symbol, in Late Latin also a creed"), from Ancient Greek σύμβολον (sumbolon, “a sign by which one infers something; a mark, token, badge, ticket, tally, check, a signal, watchword, outward sign"), from συμβάλλω (sumballō, “I throw together, dash together, compare, correspond, tally, come to a conclusion"), from σύν (sun, “with, together") + βάλλω (ballō, “I throw, put")
Middle English symbole creed from Old French from Latin symbolum token, mark from Greek sumbolon token for identification (by comparison with a counterpart) sun- syn- ballein to throw gwelə- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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