iconic

adjective
icon·​ic | \ ī-ˈkä-nik How to pronounce iconic (audio) \

Definition of iconic

1 : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an icon
2a : 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

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Other Words from iconic

iconically \ ī-​ˈkä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce iconically (audio) \ adverb

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.

Examples of iconic in a Sentence

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According to a Slam magazine oral history of the Raptors’s logo, Toronto owner John Bitove and his partners wanted a team name and logo that went beyond the Canadian border, and spent months studying iconic brands like Disney and McDonald’s. Matt Giles, Longreads, "How the Toronto Raptors and the Vancouver Grizzlies Revived the NBA," 8 June 2019 As for iconic faces, surely Lord Vader and the Emperor must sense the presence of another Force user. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Is 'Fallen Order' the 'Star Wars' Game Fans Have Been Looking For?," 8 June 2019 The iconic home has curved walls, one of three spiral designs from Wright, with panoramic views of Camelback Mountain. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Posh Places: Frank Lloyd Wright house in upscale Arcadia area listed for $9.9M," 8 June 2019 In the spring of 1956, the popular poet and critic John Ciardi, fresh off his iconic translation of The Inferno, became the poetry editor of Saturday Review. Nick Ripatrazone, National Review, "Jim Harrison’s Essential Poetry," 8 June 2019 The iconic piece of pop art will be stationed outside the Milwaukee Art Museum later this year. Lori Rackl, chicagotribune.com, "Bigger than ever, Sculpture Milwaukee unveils this summer's 20-plus pieces of public art," 7 June 2019 Ex-Brother Cane frontman Damon Johnson talks potent new solo LP, his meeting and secret jam with a certain iconic New Jersey band, more. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al.com, "Shock rocker Alice Cooper returning to Alabama for concerts," 7 June 2019 The debate comes at a time when the survival of many iconic species appears to be in jeopardy. Ines Novacic, CBS News, "Trophy hunting: Killing animals to save the species?," 7 June 2019 Situated unassumingly in a residential nook on West 139th Street and Edgecombe Avenue, The Edge is several blocks away from the bustling, crowded streets of Harlem’s ever popular and iconic 125th street. Essence, "These Sisterpreneurs In Harlem Know What It Takes To Run A Successful Restaurant," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of iconic

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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