Definition of 'totem'
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What began as a superstitious practice of players not shaving during the season has become a totem of the sport. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Perhaps it served as a fertility totem. Times, Sunday Times (2016)My point is that he is pretty far down the totem pole. The Sun (2015)Is that a totem pole or are you just pleased to see me? The Sun (2014)The totem pole would have had to be a lot better than it looked to make up for all that. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It has become a totem of whether Britain is serious about defence in a dangerous world. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Sitting at the bottom of the theatrical totem pole, backing dancers were anonymous and underpaid. Times, Sunday Times (2013)It's very much the bottom of the totem pole of the entertainment industry. The Sun (2013)He can become more of a symbol, a totem, than a person. Christianity Today (2000)There are totem poles, a miniature railway, aquarium and zoo. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Get ready, you're going to be the lowest man on the totem pole in your family. Times, Sunday Times (2014)But the item was identified as a rare totem pole from the early 20th century by an auctioneer who stumbled upon it when he visited the house. Times, Sunday Times (2013)
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Used Occasionally. totem is one of the 30000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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Translations for 'totem'
British English: totem NOUN
In some societies, a family's totem is the particular animal, plant, or natural object which they regard as a special symbol and which they believe has spiritual significance.
Definition of totem from the Collins English Dictionary
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