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idol

noun \ˈī-dəl\

: a greatly loved or admired person

: a picture or object that is worshipped as a god

Full Definition of IDOL

1
:  a representation or symbol of an object of worship; broadly :  a false god
2
a :  a likeness of something
b obsolete :  pretender, impostor
3
:  a form or appearance visible but without substance <an enchanted phantom, a lifeless idol — P. B. Shelley>
4
:  an object of extreme devotion <a movie idol>; also :  ideal 2
5
:  a false conception :  fallacy
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Examples of IDOL

  1. an actor who is the idol of millions
  2. <a movie idol whose reprehensible offscreen behavior caused him to experience a spectacular fall from grace>

Origin of IDOL

Middle English, from Anglo-French idle, from Late Latin idolum, from Greek eidōlon image, idol; akin to Greek eidos form — more at idyll
First Known Use: 13th century

Related to IDOL

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

Zen, antinomian, avatar, gnosticism, illuminati, ineffable, karma, koan, mantra

Rhymes with IDOL

IDOLS Defined for Kids

idol

noun \ˈī-dəl\

Definition of IDOL for Kids

1
:  an image worshipped as a god
2
:  a much loved or admired person or thing <a movie idol>

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