to·​ken | \ ˈtō-kən How to pronounce token (audio) \

Definition of token

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a piece resembling a coin issued for use (as for fare on a bus) by a particular group on specified terms
b : a piece resembling a coin issued as money by some person or body other than a de jure government
c : a unit of a cryptocurrency Bitcoin tokens
2 : an outward sign or expression his tears were tokens of his grief
3a : symbol, emblem a white flag is a token of surrender
b : an instance of a linguistic expression
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 member of a group (such as a minority) that is included within a larger group through tokenism especially : a token employee
6 : a distinguishing feature : characteristic
by the same token
: for the same reason



Definition of token (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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
2 : done or given as a token especially in partial fulfillment of an obligation or engagement a token payment

Choose the Right Synonym for token


sign, mark, token, note, symptom mean a discernible indication of what is not itself directly perceptible. sign applies to any indication to be perceived by the senses or the reason. encouraging signs for the economy mark suggests something impressed on or inherently characteristic of a thing often in contrast to general outward appearance. a mark of a good upbringing token applies to something that serves as a proof of something intangible. this gift is a token of our esteem note suggests a distinguishing mark or characteristic. a note of irony in her writing symptom suggests an outward indication of an internal change or condition. rampant crime is a symptom of that city's decay

Examples of token in a Sentence

Noun please accept this parting gift as a token of our lasting affection Adjective All the people who work there are men except for a couple of token women. The ad campaign features a few token minorities.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While many hope an album is in the works, others suggested Beyoncé could be releasing anything from new athleisure clothing to a non-fungible token (NFT). Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, 13 June 2022 If no one has cornered you at a party to explain this to you yet, NFT stands for non-fungible token, which is an unalterable digital receipt that lives on a decentralized public transaction ledger called a blockchain. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 4 Feb. 2022 Fans are more likely to start by buying merchandise or a ticket to a concert in exchange for a token. Rédouane Ramdani, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 Mike McGlone said $40,000 is an important technical support level for the digital token. Akayla Gardner, Fortune, 10 Jan. 2022 To recap: an NFT, short for non-fungible token, is essentially a piece of data that verifies ownership of a digital item — from famous artwork or a clip of an NBA game-winning shot, to the original code used to create the World Wide Web. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, 27 Sep. 2021 Better content should, in theory, foster demand for the token, boosting the price. Alex Webb,, 7 Sep. 2021 By the same token, what if an authoritarian regime could peer into your blockchain soul? Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 26 May 2022 By the same token, a middling rookie season doesn't necessarily mean bad news for the rest of a career. Matt Young, Chron, 26 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Terra, and its token Luna, offered similar yields on customer deposits. Ken Sweet, Chicago Tribune, 13 June 2022 Terra, and its token Luna, offered similar yields on customer deposits. Ken Sweet,, 13 June 2022 Terra, and its token Luna, offered similar yields on customer deposits. Ken Sweet, ajc, 13 June 2022 In April, the company filed 15 non fungible token (NFT) and metaverse trademark applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 17 May 2022 Every token holder has a say in the community, and this is not halted by location, jurisdiction or prejudice, similar to BLOCKS DAO. Denise (ajayi) Williams, Forbes, 3 June 2022 The announcement comes one week after Andreessen Horowitz set up a $4.5 billion crypto fund, bucking a recent decline in token values. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 1 June 2022 Ether, the native currency of the Ethereum blockchain, home to most nonfungible token (NFT) projects, has similarly lost half of its value since November 2021. Scott Nover, Quartz, 31 May 2022 These old-fashioned qualities (cheered-on by token black bit players) are as contrived as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Armond White, National Review, 27 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of token


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1915, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for token


Middle English, from Old English tācen, tācn sign, token; akin to Old High German zeihhan sign, Greek deiknynai to show — more at diction

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“Token.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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to·​ken | \ ˈtō-kən How to pronounce token (audio) \

Kids Definition of token

1 : an outer sign : proof "… you ought to take this for a plain and visible token that you are not to be a seafaring man."— Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
2 : a piece like a coin that has a special use a bus token
3 : an object used to suggest something that cannot be pictured This ring is a token of my affection.
4 : souvenir

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