Definition of icon
1 : 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
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
Click on the icon to open your e-mail program.
He has become an icon in the movie business.
a singer who has become a pop icon
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
Definition of icon-
: image iconolatry
Origin and Etymology of icon-
Greek eikon-, eikono-, from eikon-, eikōn
ICON Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of icon for Students
1 : a widely known symbol The Statue of Liberty has become an icon of freedom.
2 : a person who is very successful or admired a pop icon
3 : a religious image usually painted on a small wooden panel
4 : a small picture or symbol on a computer screen that represents a function that the computer can perform
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