ei·​do·​lon ī-ˈdō-lən How to pronounce eidolon (audio)
plural eidolons ī-ˈdō-lənz How to pronounce eidolon (audio) or eidola ī-ˈdō-lə How to pronounce eidolon (audio)
: an unsubstantial image : phantom
: ideal

Example Sentences

an industrialist who remains an eidolon of the visionary and ambitious self-made man
Recent Examples on the Web To enlist Helen, rather than the more popular The Trojan Women, for an antiwar theme makes sense especially in the wake of the conflict in Iraq: Helen posits that a decade-long war was fought and a civilization destroyed over a mirage, an eidolon. Lidija Haas, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2020

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Word History


Greek eidōlon — more at idol

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of eidolon was in 1828

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Cite this Entry

“Eidolon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eidolon. Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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