something serving to represent or indicate some fact, event, feeling, etc.; sign: Black is a token of mourning.
a characteristic indication or mark of something; evidence or proof: Malnutrition is a token of poverty.
a memento; souvenir; keepsake: The seashell was a token of their trip.
something used to indicate authenticity, authority, etc.; emblem; badge: Judicial robes are a token of office.
Also called token coin. a stamped piece of metal, issued as a limited medium of exchange, as for bus fares, at a nominal value much greater than its commodity value.
anything of only nominal value similarly used, as paper currency.
an item, idea, person, etc., representing a group; a part as representing the whole; sample; indication.
Logic, Linguistics. a particular instance of a word, symbol, expression, sentence, or the like: A printed page might have twenty tokens of the single type-word “and.” Compare type ( def 8 ).
verb (used with object)
to be a token of; signify; symbolize.
serving as a token: a token gift; a token male on an all-female staff.
slight; perfunctory; minimal: token resistance.
by the same token,
in proof of which.
moreover; furthermore: She has a talent as a painter, and by the same token has a sharp eye for detail.
in token of, as a sign of; in evidence of: a ring in token of his love.

before 900; Middle English; Old English tāc(e)n; cognate with German Zeichen, Old Norse teikn sign, mark. See teach

pretoken, noun, verb (used with object)

10. symbolic. Unabridged
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token (ˈtəʊkən)
1.  an indication, warning, or sign of something
2.  a symbol or visible representation of something
3.  something that indicates authority, proof, or authenticity
4.  a metal or plastic disc, such as a substitute for currency for use in slot machines
5.  a memento
6.  a gift voucher that can be used as payment for goods of a specified value
7.  (modifier) as a matter of form only; nominal: a token increase in salary
8.  linguistics Compare type a symbol regarded as an individual concrete mark, not as a class of identical symbols
9.  philosophy Compare type an individual instance: if the same sentence has different truth-values on different occasions of utterance the truth-value may be said to attach to the sentence-token
10.  by the same token moreover and for the same or a similar reason
11.  (tr) to act or serve as a warning or symbol of; betoken
[Old English tācen; related to Old Frisian tēken, Old Saxon tēkan, Old High German zeihhan, Old Norse teikn; see teach]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. tacen "sign, symbol, evidence" (related to tæcan "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 "coin-like piece of stamped metal" is first recorded 1598. The adj. meaning "nominal" is from 1915, from the noun. In integration sense, first recorded 1960; tokenism is first recorded 1962. Original sense of "evidence" is retained in by the same token (1463), originally "introducing a corroborating evidence."
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Example sentences for tokens
Zin is behind a plan to use tokens of power to gain mastery over the world.
Still others might focus on exonumia such as currency, tokens or challenge coins.
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