A symbol is something that stands for, signifies, or represents something else in a particular culture (Stolley, 2005).

Symbols have specific meanings that help define and categorize others. They help transmit ideas of information from one person to another. Symbols are usually visual and act as communication short-cuts that convey one or more messages. People can create, manage, and share interpretations of the physical world through symbols (Lawrence Heath, 2000).