Definition of idol
1 : a representation or symbol of an object of worship; broadly : a false god
3 : a form or appearance visible but without substance an enchanted phantom, a lifeless idol — P. B. Shelley
4 : an object of extreme devotion a movie idol; also : ideal 2
5 : a false conception : fallacy
Examples of idol in a Sentence
an actor who is the idol of millions
a movie idol whose reprehensible offscreen behavior caused him to experience a spectacular fall from grace
Recent Examples of idol from the Web
Like her idol, Jacqueline Kennedy, Melania is unapologetically glamorous.
Virginia lawmaker Marcia Price has her lefty political idols.
In his first season as a Patriots varsity singles player, Komis tried to mirror his idol Federer in showing strong mental fortitude.
Islamists oppose idol worship and consider the Lady Justice statue anti-Islamic.
The event is likely to leave an indelible mark both on Ms. Grande and her legions of loyal listeners, many of whom have flocked to social media to post sorrowful notes for the victims as well as for the pop idol herself.
But there's no denying that his accolades are putting him in the orbit of Jordan, his boyhood idol.
Sarah played her advantage for herself and Troyzan played his idol for himself and Brad was immune.
Comic-Con Episode IV was hatched when Spurlock met his childhood idol Stan Lee at a party.
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Origin and Etymology of idol
Middle English, from Anglo-French idle, from Late Latin idolum, from Greek eidōlon image, idol; akin to Greek eidos form — more at idyll
First Known Use: 13th century
IDOL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of idol for English Language Learners
: a greatly loved or admired person
: a picture or object that is worshipped as a god
IDOL Defined for Kids
Definition of idol for Students
1 : an image worshipped as a god
2 : a much loved or admired person or thing a movie idol
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