Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Something serving as an indication, proof, or expression of something else; a sign.
  • noun Something that signifies or evidences authority, validity, or identity.
  • noun A specific instance of a phenomenon or a class of things, as of a linguistic feature in a sample of a person's speech, that can be isolated for study or analysis.
  • noun A person who is considered as representative of a social group, such as a lone individual or one of a small number of employees hired primarily to prevent an employer from being accused of discrimination.
  • noun A keepsake or souvenir.
  • noun A piece of stamped metal used as a substitute for currency.
  • transitive verb To betoken or symbolize; portend.
  • adjective Done as an indication or pledge.
  • adjective Perfunctory; minimal.
  • adjective Being a product of tokenism; merely symbolic.
  • idiom (by the same token) In like manner; similarly.
  • idiom (in token of) As an indication of.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To set a mark upon; designate.
  • To betoken; toe a symbol of.
  • To betroth.
  • noun Something intended or supposed to represent or indicate another thing or an event; a sign; a symbol; an evidence.
  • noun A characteristic mark or indication.
  • noun A memorial of friendship; something by which the friendship or affection of another person is to be kept in mind; a keepsake; a souvenir; a love-gift.
  • noun Something that serves as a pledge of authenticity, good faith, or the like; witness.
  • noun A signal.
  • noun A piece of metal having the general appearance of a coin and practically serving the same purpose.
  • noun In Presbyterian churches in Scotland, a voucher, usually of lead or tin, and often stamped with the name of the parish or church, given to duly qualified members previous to the celebration of the Lord's Supper, and returned by the communicant when he takes his place at the table. Cards have now very generally taken the place of these tokens.
  • noun A measure or quantity of press-work: in Great Britain and New York, 250 impressions on one form; in Boston, Massachusetts, 500 impressions on one form.
  • noun In weaving. See the quotation.
  • noun Same as tally.
  • noun A thin bed of coal indicating the existence of a thicker seam at no great distance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To betoken.
  • noun Something intended or supposed to represent or indicate another thing or an event; a sign; a symbol.
  • noun A memorial of friendship; something by which the friendship of another person is to be kept in mind; a memento; a souvenir.
  • noun Something given or shown as a symbol or guarantee of authority or right; a sign of authenticity, of power, good faith, etc.
  • noun A piece of metal intended for currency, and issued by a private party, usually bearing the name of the issuer, and redeemable in lawful money. Also, a coin issued by government, esp. when its use as lawful money is limited and its intrinsic value is much below its nominal value.
  • noun (Med.), obsolete A livid spot upon the body, indicating, or supposed to indicate, the approach of death.
  • noun (Print.) Ten and a half quires, or, commonly, 250 sheets, of paper printed on both sides; also, in some cases, the same number of sheets printed on one side, or half the number printed on both sides.
  • noun (Ch. of Scot.) A piece of metal given beforehand to each person in the congregation who is permitted to partake of the Lord's Supper.
  • noun (Mining) A bit of leather having a peculiar mark designating a particular miner. Each hewer sends one of these with each corf or tub he has hewn.
  • noun (Weaving) In a Jacquard loom, a colored signal to show the weaver which shuttle to use.
  • noun money which is lawfully current for more than its real value. See Token, n., 4.
  • noun (Print.) the last sheet of each token.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Something serving as an expression of something else; sign, symbol
  • noun A keepsake, momento, souvenir
  • noun A piece of stamped metal used as a substitute for money; a voucher that can be exchanged for goods or services
  • noun obsolete Evidence, proof; a confirming detail; physical trace, mark, footprint; also fig.
  • noun Support for a belief; grounds for an opinion; reason, reasoning, witcraft (see usage)
  • noun An extraordinary event serving as evidence of supernatural power, a miracle
  • noun An object or disclosure to attest or authenticate the bearer or an instruction; a password
  • noun A seal guaranteeing the quality of an item.
  • noun Something given or shown as a symbol or guarantee of authority or right; a sign of authenticity, of power, good faith.
  • noun A tally

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old English tācen; see deik- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English token, taken, from Old English tācen ("symbol, sign, signal, mark, indication, suggestion; portent, marvel, wonder, miracle; evidence, proof: standard, banner"), from Proto-Germanic *taiknan (“sign, token”), from Proto-Indo-European *deyǵe-, *deyḱe- (“to show, instruct, teach”). Cognate with Scots taiken ("sign, token"), West Frisian teken ("sign, token"), Dutch teken ("sign, symbol, token"), German Zeichen ("sign"), Swedish tecken ("sign, mark, indication, token"), Icelandic tákn, teikn ("sign, symbol"), Albanian theks ("accent, sign"), Latin index ("finger", literally "pointer"), Ancient Greek  (deigma, "sample"). More at toe.

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  • He passed me the signals of the Iron Heel's secret service, in token that he, too, was in its employ.

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  • He smiled after a sickly fashion, and nodded his head in token of surrender.

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  • That is your business, not mine, he said conclusively, rising in token that the interview was at an end.

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  • She closed her eyes in token that the brief audience was over.

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  • Into this, as it gained strength, he placed many stones from a convenient pile, each fire-blackened in token that it had been similarly used many times.

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