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noun \ˈī-ˌkän\
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Definition of icon

  1. 1 :  a usually pictorial representation :  image

  2. 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. 3 :  an object of uncritical devotion :  idol

  4. 4 :  emblem, symbol the house became an icon of 1960's residential architecture — Paul Goldberger

  5. 5a :  a sign (such as a word or graphic symbol) whose form suggests its meaningb :  a graphic symbol on a computer display screen that represents an object (such as a file) or function (such as the command to delete)

Examples of icon in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of icon

Latin, from Greek eikōn, from eikenai to resemble


First Known Use: 1572

Other Fine Arts Terms


icon-

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variants: or

icono-

Definition of icon-

  1. :  image iconolatry

Origin and Etymology of icon-

Greek eikon-, eikono-, from eikon-, eikōn


ICON Defined for English Language Learners

icon

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noun \ˈī-ˌkän\

Definition of icon for English Language Learners

  • 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


ICON Defined for Kids

icon

noun \ˈī-ˌkän\

Definition of icon for Students

  1. 1 :  a widely known symbol The Statue of Liberty has become an icon of freedom.

  2. 2 :  a person who is very successful or admired a pop icon

  3. 3 :  a religious image usually painted on a small wooden panel

  4. 4 :  a small picture or symbol on a computer screen that represents a function that the computer can perform



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