Definition of idol
- an enchanted phantom, a lifeless idol
- —P. B. Shelley
- a movie idol
an actor who is the idol of millions
a movie idol whose reprehensible offscreen behavior caused him to experience a spectacular fall from grace
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: a greatly loved or admired person
: a picture or object that is worshipped as a god
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