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1a thing serving as a visible or tangible representation of a fact, quality, feeling, etc.:mistletoe was cut from an oak tree as a token of good fortune I wanted to offer you a small token of my appreciation archaic a characteristic or distinctive sign or mark, especially a badge or favor worn to indicate allegiance to a particular person or party. archaic a word or object conferring authority on or serving to authenticate the speaker or holder.
chiefly British a staff or other object given to a locomotive engineer on a single-track railroad as authority to proceed over a given section of line.
a person chosen by way of tokenism as a nominal representative of a minority or underrepresented group. 2a voucher that can be exchanged for goods or services, typically one given as a gift or offered as part of a promotional offer:redeem this token for a free dessert a metal or plastic disk used to operate a machine or in exchange for particular goods or services. 3an individual occurrence of a symbol or string, in particular. Linguistics an individual occurrence of a linguistic unit in speech or writing, as contrasted with the type or class of linguistic unit of which it is an instance. Contrasted with type. Computing the smallest meaningful unit of information in a sequence of data for a compiler. 4 Computing a sequence of bits passed continuously between nodes in a fixed order and enabling a node to transmit information.
done for the sake of appearances or as a symbolic gesture:cases like these often bring just token fines from the courts [attributive] (of a person) chosen by way of tokenism as a representative of a particular minority or underrepresented group:she took offense at being called the token woman on the force