idol

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noun \ˈī-dəl\

Definition of idol

  1. 1 :  a representation or symbol of an object of worship; broadly :  a false god

  2. 2 a :  a likeness of something b obsolete :  pretender, impostor

  3. 3 :  a form or appearance visible but without substance <an enchanted phantom, a lifeless idol — P. B. Shelley>

  4. 4 :  an object of extreme devotion <a movie idol>; also :  ideal 2

  5. 5 :  a false conception :  fallacy

Examples of idol in a sentence

  1. an actor who is the idol of millions

  2. <a movie idol whose reprehensible offscreen behavior caused him to experience a spectacular fall from grace>

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

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IDOL Defined for English Language Learners

idol

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noun \ˈī-dəl\

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

idol

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noun \ˈī-dəl\

Definition of idol for Students

  1. 1 :  an image worshipped as a god

  2. 2 :  a much loved or admired person or thing <a movie idol>



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