icon

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icon

noun \ˈī-ˌkän\

computers : a small picture on a computer screen that represents a program or function

: a person who is very successful and admired

: a widely known symbol

Full Definition of ICON

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:  a usually pictorial representation :  image
2
[Late Greek eikōn, from Greek] :  a conventional religious image typically painted on a small wooden panel and used in the devotions of Eastern Christians
3
:  an object of uncritical devotion :  idol
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:  emblem, symbol <the house became an icon of 1960's residential architecture — Paul Goldberger>
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a :  a sign (as a word or graphic symbol) whose form suggests its meaning
b :  a graphic symbol on a computer display screen that usually suggests the type of object represented or the purpose of an available function
icon·ic \ī-ˈkä-nik\ adjective
icon·i·cal·ly \-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Variants of ICON

icon also ikon \ˈī-ˌkän\

Examples of ICON

  1. Click on the icon to open your e-mail program.
  2. He has become an icon in the movie business.
  3. a singer who has become a pop icon
  4. The Statue of Liberty has become an American cultural icon.

Origin of ICON

Latin, from Greek eikōn, from eikenai to resemble
First Known Use: 1572

Related to ICON

Other Fine Arts Terms

Gothic, baroque, bas-relief, limn, oeuvre, pastiche, rococo, sfumato

Rhymes with ICON

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icon

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

“Annunciation,” reverse of a double-sided painted panel icon from Constantinople, early …—Hirmer Fotoarchiv, Munich

In Eastern Orthodoxy, the representation of sacred persons or events in murals, mosaics, or paintings on wood. After the Iconoclastic Controversy of the 8th–9th century, which disputed the religious function and meaning of icons (see iconoclasm), the Eastern churches formulated an official doctrine that approved their use, stating that since God had assumed material form in the person of Jesus, he and other sacred personages could be represented in works of art. Usually depicting Jesus or Mary but also sometimes saints, icons are relied on as objects of veneration and as tools for instruction.

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