Something serving as an indication, proof, or expression of something else; a sign: "Tears are queer tokens of happiness\u201d ( Eugene O'Neill). See Synonyms at sign. Something that signifies or evidences authority, validity, or identity: The scepter is a token of regal status. A distinguishing feature or characteristic. One that represents a group, as an employee whose presence is used to deflect from the employer criticism or accusations of discrimination. A keepsake or souvenir. A piece of stamped metal used as a substitute for currency: subway tokens. To betoken or symbolize; portend. Done as an indication or a pledge: a token payment. Perfunctory; minimal: a token gesture of reconciliation; token resistance. Merely symbolic: refused to be the token woman on the committee. by the same token In like manner; similarly. in token of As an indication of: a ring given in token of love.