Synonyms of token

something that serves to keep alive the memory of a person or event
  • please accept this parting gift as a token of our lasting affection

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How is the word token distinct from other similar nouns?

Some common synonyms of token are mark, note, sign, and symptom. While all these words mean "a discernible indication of what is not itself directly perceptible," token applies to something that serves as a proof of something intangible.

this gift is a token of our esteem

When might mark be a better fit than token?

In some situations, the words mark and token are roughly equivalent. However, mark suggests something impressed on or inherently characteristic of a thing often in contrast to general outward appearance.

a mark of a good upbringing

When can note be used instead of token?

The words note and token can be used in similar contexts, but note suggests a distinguishing mark or characteristic.

a note of irony in her writing

When would sign be a good substitute for token?

While the synonyms sign and token are close in meaning, sign applies to any indication to be perceived by the senses or the reason.

encouraging signs for the economy

Where would symptom be a reasonable alternative to token?

The meanings of symptom and token largely overlap; however, symptom suggests an outward indication of an internal change or condition.

rampant crime is a symptom of that city's decay

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The first known use of token was before the 12th century

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“Token.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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