iconic

adjective icon·ic \ ī-ˈkä-nik \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of iconic

1 : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an icon
2 a : widely recognized and well-established
  • an iconic brand name
b : widely known and acknowledged especially for distinctive excellence
  • an iconic writer
  • a region's iconic wines

iconically

play \ī-ˈkä-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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The original meaning of iconic was essentially "resembling an icon", but today it more often seems to mean "so admired that it could be the subject of an icon". And with that meaning, iconic has become part of the language of advertising and publicity; today companies and magazines and TV hosts are constantly encouraging us to think of some consumer item or pop star or show as first-rate or immortal or flawless—absolutely "iconic"—when he or she or it is actually nothing of the kind.

First Known Use of iconic

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