Definition of iconic
1 : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an icon
2a : widely recognized and well-established an iconic brand nameb : widely known and acknowledged especially for distinctive excellence an iconic writer a region's iconic wines
iconicallyplay \ī-ˈkä-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
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To be sure, fighting still rages, and parts of the city lie in ruin, including the iconic old city and its courthouse, site of the first protests against Qaddafi in 2011.
But IS destroyed the mosque and its iconic leaning minaret last week, Iraqi and coalition officials said.
This Brooke Shields ad campaign for Calvin Klein jeans became one of the most iconic in fashion history.
Whereas the Arabian and Turkoman lines have long been known to have contributed to the iconic English Thoroughbred racehorse, other breeds like the Lipizzan and Franches-Montagnes weren’t known to have these influences, Bailey says.
An old neighborhood friend leads him to iconic hood locales, such as Slauson Donuts, as Davis in turn leads the audience.
Filming of the episode took place at the Hollywood Palladium, the iconic Streamline Moderne venue built by former L.A. Times publisher Norman Chandler in 1940.
The cover of the Dec. 14, 1964 issue of Sports Illustrated features an iconic image for a bygone era of the NFL.
Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis - one of the most iconic actors in film history - is retiring.
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Did You Know?
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.
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