A visible sign or representation of an idea; anything which suggests an idea or quality, or another thing, as by resemblance or by convention; an emblem; a representation; a type; a figure; as, the lion is the symbol of courage; the lamb is the symbol of meekness or patience.
- Something that represents something else by association, resemblance, or convention, especially a material object used to represent something invisible. See Synonyms at sign.
- A printed or written sign used to represent an operation, element, quantity, quality, or relation, as in mathematics or music.
- Psychology An object or image that an individual unconsciously uses to represent repressed thoughts, feelings, or impulses: a phallic symbol.
- To symbolize.