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
Instead, her dad — who was in Rhode Island at her house — sent some guitar picks to devoted fans who had camped out awaiting their idol, according to People.
His family was friends with former longtime Orioles strength and conditioning coach Tim Bishop, which allowed him to meet his idols as a kid, from Ripken to Roberto Alomar to Brady Anderson to Rafael Palmeiro.
Johnston landed at Stewart-Haas Racing, crew chiefing for his boyhood idol Stewart, but the duo never found success together as Stewart was in the twilight of his career.
The plunge brought him fame, a $100,000 contract to join the circus, and a meeting with his boyhood idol Alice Cooper.
My idol growing up was (Canadian driver) Greg Moore.
On Thursday, Lady Gaga wore heels on a hike and instantly became everyone’s idol.
At a moment when social media was beginning to rearrange the way fans relate to their idols, Lorde’s proposition was an effective one — so much so that pop culture welcomed her in spite of her disdain.
The Process, for the moment, was nothing but a false idol.
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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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