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idyll

noun \ˈī-dəl, British usually ˈi-(ˌ)dil\

Simple Definition of idyll

  • : a simple poem or other piece of writing that describes peaceful country life

  • : a happy and enjoyable scene or experience

Full Definition of idyll

  1. 1 a :  a simple descriptive work in poetry or prose that deals with rustic life or pastoral scenes or suggests a mood of peace and contentment b :  a narrative poem (as Tennyson's Idylls of the King) treating an epic, romantic, or tragic theme

  2. 2 a :  a lighthearted carefree episode that is a fit subject for an idyll b :  a romantic interlude

Examples of idyll

  1. <her year as a vineyard worker in the south of France was not the idyll that she had expected it to be>



Variants of idyll

also idyl play \ˈī-dəl, British usually ˈi-(ˌ)dil\

Origin of idyll

Latin idyllium, from Greek eidyllion, from diminutive of eidos form; akin to Greek idein to see — more at wit


First Known Use: 1586

Rhymes with idyll



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