ico·​nic·​i·​ty | \ ˌī-kə-ˈni-sə-tē How to pronounce iconicity (audio) \

Definition of iconicity

: correspondence between form and meaning the iconicity of the Roman numeral III

Examples of iconicity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The gang dives into the injustices of the legal system, the horrid conditions of U.S. prisons, and everything from marijuana legalization to the iconicity of New York summers to Rihanna. Marjua Estevez, refinery29.com, 26 July 2022 It’s not just Cristovam’s bull mask (which conjures so much culture and history in its iconicity). Manuel Betancourt, Variety, 7 Sep. 2021 Perhaps that’s because, as Carina tells it, the song is a celebration and elegy at once, trying to pin down the beat of a city that is constantly in flux but possesses an indelible iconicity. Nate Sloan, Vulture, 31 Aug. 2021 Cristina’s flights of fancy, her campy attitude, and her penchant for exaggeration remain central to her iconicity. Manuel Betancourt, Vulture, 19 Aug. 2021 All this art, like an NFT, removes the iconicity of touch, tactility, familiar expressiveness. Jerry Saltz, Vulture, 15 Apr. 2021 Comparing and contrasting is the foundation of Art History 101, and the Brooklyn Museum’s pairing does draw forth some of David’s themes: iconicity and masculinity, empire and conquest. Jason Farago, New York Times, 12 Feb. 2020 To borrow from Beyoncé (herself no stranger to musicals and iconicity), Rodarte trades in both sweet dreams and beautiful nightmares. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, 8 Mar. 2019 That fading of the skin makes her subjects seem dreamy, almost mythological, as opposed to Wiley’s iconicity. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, 12 Feb. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of iconicity

1946, in the meaning defined above

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“Iconicity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iconicity. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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