sym·​bol·​o·​gy | \ sim-ˈbä-lə-jē How to pronounce symbology (audio) \
plural symbologies

Definition of symbology

1 : the art of expression by symbols
2 : the study or interpretation of symbols
3 : a system of symbols

Examples of symbology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The snakes may have some personal significance, molting and rebirth and all that; the symbology may also, more than anything, just suggest being a dude. New York Times, 5 Nov. 2021 After Tom Hanks and his misguided hair choices played Brown’s hero in the Da Vinci Code and its subsequent movies, this show casts Ashley Zukerman, a.k.a. Shiv’s sidepiece from Succession, as a younger, jockier version of the symbology professor. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, 7 Oct. 2021 That gives us the platform to be able to communicate these ideas through symbology and talk in metaphors and analogies, cover all these archetypes and human themes. Steve Baltin, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2021 Trump’s campaign has had to disavow Nazi symbology in the past. Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2021 The Gettysburg gambit is just his latest attempt to appropriate American history and symbology and pervert it to suit his ends. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2020 However, though the Mississippi flag was the last to bear the obvious image of the Confederate battle flag, there are other state flags that contain Confederate symbology that may be a little harder to spot. Aj Willingham, CNN, 1 July 2020 Adopted more than 30 years after the end of the Civil War, the banner has continued to fly despite years of criticism over its symbology, including previous attempts to change it. Brittany Shammas, Washington Post, 27 June 2020 The show has shown restraint in beating us over the head with symbology this season, but the subtleties have been there all along; Carrie is, essentially, Brody. Seija Rankin,, 27 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of symbology

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for symbology

symbol + -logy

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“Symbology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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