symbol Definition

  • 1a mark or character used as a conventional representation of an object, function, or process
  • 2a thing that represents or stands for something else, especially a material object representing something abstract

Using symbol: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "symbol" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The symbol for the euro is €.

  • Example

    The dove is a symbol of peace.

  • Example

    The American flag is a symbol of freedom.

  • Example

    The heart is a symbol of love.

symbol Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for symbol

Idioms Using symbol

  • read between the lines (of something)

    to understand the hidden or implied meaning in something, especially in written or spoken communication


    When she said she was 'fine,' I knew there was more to it - I had to read between the lines.

  • to surrender or give up, often used in a conflict or competition


    After hours of negotiations, they finally raised the white flag and agreed to the terms.

  • to reveal one's real character or intentions, often in a situation where they have been pretending to be someone else


    When he refused to help his friend in need, he showed his true colors.

Phrases with symbol

  • an object or concept that represents optimism and positive expectations for the future


    The rainbow is often seen as a symbol of hope.

  • an object or concept that represents power and resilience


    The lion is often used as a symbol of strength.

  • an object or concept that represents harmony and togetherness


    The interlocking rings are a symbol of unity and partnership.

Origins of symbol

from Greek 'symbolon', meaning 'token, watchword'


Summary: symbol in Brief

A 'symbol' [ˈsɪmbəl] is a mark or character used to represent an object, function, or process, or a thing that stands for something else. Examples include the euro sign (€) and the heart symbolizing love. Phrases like 'symbol of hope' and 'symbol of strength' denote objects or concepts that represent optimism and power, while idioms like 'read between the lines' and 'show your true colors' refer to understanding hidden meanings and revealing true intentions.

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