token

11 ENTRIES FOUND:

1to·ken

noun \ˈtō-kən\

: a round piece of metal or plastic that is used instead of money in some machines : an object that looks like a coin and is used in place of a coin

: something that is a symbol of a feeling, event, etc.

Full Definition of TOKEN

1
:  an outward sign or expression <his tears were tokens of his grief>
2
a :  symbol, emblem <a white flag is a token of surrender>
b :  an instance of a linguistic expression
3
:  a distinguishing feature :  characteristic
4
a :  souvenir, keepsake
b :  a small part representing the whole :  indication <this is only a token of what we hope to accomplish>
c :  something given or shown as a guarantee (as of authority, right, or identity)
5
a :  a piece resembling a coin issued as money by some person or body other than a de jure government
b :  a piece resembling a coin issued for use (as for fare on a bus) by a particular group on specified terms
6
:  a member of a group (as a minority) that is included within a larger group through tokenism; especially :  a token employee
by the same token
:  for the same reason

Examples of TOKEN

  1. <please accept this parting gift as a token of our lasting affection>

Origin of TOKEN

Middle English, from Old English tācen, tācn sign, token; akin to Old High German zeihhan sign, Greek deiknynai to show — more at diction
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with TOKEN

2token

adjective

—used to describe something that is done with very little effort and only to give the appearance that an effort is being made

: included in a group only to prevent criticism that people of a particular kind are being unfairly left out

Full Definition of TOKEN

1
:  done or given as a token especially in partial fulfillment of an obligation or engagement <a token payment>
2
a :  representing no more than a symbolic effort :  minimal, perfunctory <token resistance> <token integration>
b :  serving or intended to show absence of discrimination <a token female employee>

Examples of TOKEN

  1. All the people who work there are men except for a couple of token women.
  2. The ad campaign features a few token minorities.

First Known Use of TOKEN

1915

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