refers to a symbol with the specified name.


  • All symbols, whether explicitly entered using Symbol or not, have head Symbol.
  • can be used as a pattern to represent any symbol.
  • The string in Symbol["name"] must be an appropriate name for a symbol. It can contain any letters, letterlike forms, or digits, but cannot start with a digit.
  • Symbol["name"] creates a new symbol if none exists with the specified name.
  • A symbol such as has a name .
  • If Symbol["name"] creates a new symbol, it does so in the context specified by $Context.
Introduced in 1988
| Updated in 1996
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