Definition of token noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtəʊkən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtoʊkən//
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  1. 1a round piece of metal or plastic used instead of money to operate some machines or as a form of payment a parking token
  2. 2(British English) a piece of paper that you pay for and that somebody can exchange for something in a shop/store a £20 book/record/gift token
  3. 3a piece of paper that you can collect when you buy a particular product and then exchange for something Collect six tokens for a free T-shirt.
  4. 4something that is a symbol of a feeling, a fact, an event, etc. synonym expression, mark Please accept this small gift as a token of our gratitude. We hope you will accept this book as a small token of our appreciation.
  5. Word OriginOld English tāc(e)n, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch teken and German Zeichen, also to teach.Idioms for the same reasons The penalty for failure will be high. But, by the same token, the rewards for success will be great.
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