According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, the word symbol means:
- an action, object, event, etc., that expresses or represents a particular idea or quality.
- a letter, group of letters, character, or picture that is used instead of a word or group of words.
It comes from Late Latin symbolum "creed, token, mark", that comes from Greek symbolon (σύμβολον) "token, watchword, sign by which one infers; ticket, a permit, license", from assimilated form of syn- "together"+ -bole "a throwing, a casting, the stroke of a missile, bolt, beam", from bol-, nominative stem of ballein "to throw".
We can see this word in the BBC News website.
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