A token payment.
A token of one's affection.
An example of a token is someone giving their friend a "best friends" necklace.
An example of a token is what someone would use to play video games at an arcade.
- In like manner; similarly.
- As an indication of:.A ring given in token of love.
- For this reason; following the same line of reasoning.
- As evidence of.
Origin of token
- Middle English from Old English tācen deik- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English token, taken, from Old English tÄcen (“symbol, sign, signal, mark, indication, suggestion; portent, marvel, wonder, miracle; evidence, proof: standard, banner"), from Proto-Germanic *taiknÄ… (“sign, token"), from Proto-Indo-European *deyÇµ-, *deyá¸±- (“to show, instruct, teach"). Cognate with Scots taiken (“sign, token"), West Frisian teken (“sign, token"), Dutch teken (“sign, symbol, token"), German Zeichen (“sign"), Swedish tecken (“sign, mark, indication, token"), Icelandic tÃ¡kn, teikn (“sign, symbol"), Latin index (“finger", literally “pointer"), Ancient Greek Î´ÎµÎ¯ÎºÎ½Ï…Î¼Î¹ (deiknumi, “show, point out, teach"), Albanian theks (“accent, sign"). More at toe.