token

When you give someone a flower or a friendship bracelet or something symbolic of the way you feel about them, you're giving them a token of your affection.

A token is not only something sentimental (like a keepsake) or symbolic (like your friendship bracelet). You, yourself, can also be a token: If you're the only female in your office, for instance, and you were hired just so there'd be at least one woman, then you're the "token female." Tokens can also be a kind of special currency, like the coins you use in slot machines. Before the Metro Card, New York City subway riders paid their fares with tokens.

Definitions of token
  1. noun
    a metal or plastic disk that can be redeemed or used in designated slot machines
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    types:
    subway token
    a token that is used to pay for entry to the subway system
    type of:
    disc, disk
    a flat circular plate
  2. noun
    something serving as a sign of something else
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    type of:
    mark, sign
    a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened)
  3. noun
    something of sentimental value
    synonyms: keepsake, relic, souvenir
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    love-token
    keepsake given as a token of love
    favor, favour, party favor, party favour
    souvenir consisting of a small gift given to a guest at a party
    cracker, cracker bonbon, snapper
    a party favor consisting of a paper roll (usually containing candy or a small favor) that pops when pulled at both ends
    type of:
    object, physical object
    a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow
  4. adjective
    insignificantly small; a matter of form only (`tokenish' is informal)
    “a token gesture of resistance”
    synonyms: nominal, tokenish
    minimal, minimum
    the least possible
  5. noun
    an individual instance of a type of symbol
    “the word`error' contains three tokens of `r'”
    synonyms: item
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    postage, postage stamp, stamp
    a small adhesive token stuck on a letter or package to indicate that that postal fees have been paid
    trading stamp
    a token resembling a stamp given by a retailer to a buyer; the token is redeemable for articles on a special list
    type of:
    symbol
    an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance
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