sym·​bol·​o·​gy sim-ˈbä-lə-jē How to pronounce symbology (audio)
plural symbologies
: the art of expression by symbols
: the study or interpretation of symbols
: a system of symbols

Examples of symbology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the fastest way to create that kind of social proof, besides the actual evidence of people being out and about, is symbology. Micah L. Sifry, The New Republic, 13 July 2023 The exhibit focuses on symbology. Brittanie Shey, Chron, 6 Apr. 2023 This breathtaking sequence also provides an early opportunity to be awed by the incredible beauty and detail of Ruth Carter’s costumes, arguably even outdoing her Oscar-winning work on the previous film with garments combining elegant future-world sophistication with African symbology. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Nov. 2022 Palestinian flags and other symbology has been a feature at some of these protests, Munayyer said, a signal that Israeli Arabs are despairing of the two-state solution as a means of achieving national sovereignty and are gravitating toward unity with West Bank and Gaza Palestinians. Ron Kampeas,, 12 May 2021 Dawn Perlmutter, who bills herself as an expert in investigating religious terrorism and symbology, as USA TODAY reported last year, has a history of writing screeds against Antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters in right wing publications. Will Carless, USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2023 The dense symbology of a shared Wordle result is more than a top-line score or an invitation to play. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 29 Jan. 2022 What started as a popular regional show that went out with a whimper — viewership in Spain dropped by half during the original run of its second half — turned into a phenomenon that’s inspired copycat crimes and real-life resistance symbology. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 18 Jan. 2022 Villagers use guinea fowl feathers to paint the designs, and the work is typically completed before the rainy season begins in May. Exterior design Walls are decorated with rich symbology. Monica Serrano, National Geographic, 19 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


symbol + -logy

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of symbology was in 1840

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“Symbology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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