I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English tācen, tācn sign, token; akin to Old High German zeihhan sign, Greek deiknynai to show — more at diction Date: before 12th century 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 Synonyms: see sign II. adjective Date: 1915 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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