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.
Recent Examples of icon from the Web
There's a good story behind why post-punk icon Tommy Stinson, the jittery, compulsive and combustible engine of the Replacements, is bringing his acoustic tour to Louisville's Surface Noise Records.
After going viral in the early days of the blockade, the image, drawn by a local artist, has become an icon of Qatari resistance, adorning skyscrapers, car windows and cellphones across the capital.
Bond would go on to see his creation enchant children for more than half a century and become an icon immortalized in print, on screens and as countless stuffed toys before his death at age 91.
Lighthouses The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the icon of the Outer Banks.
Shakur is a revolutionary Black icon, whose legend has evolved into making her a patron saint of Black rebellion in the last half-century.
As a humanitarian an philanthropist, the music icon reportedly chose to wear it on his right arm to remind people that children are suffering around the world.
Di became engaged to Prince Charles the following year and was quickly heralded as a style icon.
In addition to transforming Warhol into a pop culture icon, the artist’s self-portraits are eerily prescient.
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Origin and Etymology of icon
Latin, from Greek eikōn, from eikenai to resemble
First Known Use: 1572See Words from the same year
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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