Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The study or interpretation of symbols or symbolism.
  • n. The use of symbols.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The study or use of symbols.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The art of expressing by symbols.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The art of expressing by symbols.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the study or the use of symbols and symbolism

Etymologies

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symbol +‎ -ology, with haplology of -olol- to -ol.

Examples

  • His expertise in symbology and iconography affords him the luxury of virtually endless adventures in exotic locales.

    A Conversation with Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code

  • The Practice, then on Boston Legal, in a role-as a blustery, buffoonish lawyer named Denny Crane who trades on long-lost greatness-that is so frankly a point-on mockery of William Shatner's career and symbology, that is William Shatner, that it's at first embarrassing to watch.

    Men.Style.com: Latest Features and Articles

  • The artist must understand "symbology" to tell an effective tale.

    Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center

  • Dan Brown and his debonair professor of "symbology" Robert Langdon have broken the stranglehold that celebrity autobiographies have held over December book sales in recent years to take the Christmas number one slot.

    Culture | guardian.co.uk

  • But hell so the lawyers can feel better because of some technicality, or because of "symbology" according to Emily risking a few soldiers lives transporting these bastards and guarding them over in prime grade terrorist territory-what the hell.

    "What Do Women Diavloggers Want?"

  • "symbology" which is nothing more than the product of your preconceptions.

    Planet Atheism

  • So why hasn't this form of consumer automation been adopted right here in North America (after all, in large consumer societies found in Europe and Japan, this kind of symbology enabled automation has been used and perfected for years.

    The News is NowPublic.com - NowPublic.com: The News is Now Public

  • From the mystical realms of the Guatemalan jungles to the high-tech corridors of NASA; from the Hopi elders and Mayan shaman to the most respected thinkers of the modern age; from the symbology of the ancient pyramids in Mexico and Egypt to that of the gothic cathedrals and monuments of Europe -- the 2012 doomsday warning will be cast in a frighteningly modern context.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • Fairly rapidly, the new idea is sketched out in a symbology of words and equations.

    World Wide Mind

  • "Cultures" are made up of people and their interactions and their symbology and their relations to "the environment."

    Archive 2009-05-01

Comments

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  • I keed, I keed!

    October 4, 2007

  • OK, so he didn't coin it. I wasn't trying to say he was SMART.

    October 4, 2007

  • I personally used it for the first time over 30 years ago!

    October 4, 2007

  • Agreed, I knew I had heard this word before. Sadly, your designer friend may not be as creative as s/he thinks. :-P

    October 3, 2007

  • I'd go with colleen's description. :-)

    October 3, 2007

  • Now, I thought symbology was some wanky term that the writer of "The DaVinci Code" coined as a synonym for talking shite. :D

    October 3, 2007

  • I work with a designer who coined this term apparently as a synonym for "symbolism."

    October 3, 2007