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
The large ensemble cast features Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and many more including, yes, Harry Styles, whom Nolan cast for his on-screen ability, not to draw the pop music idol's fan army.
The feature follows a 12-year-old Mexican boy named Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), an aspiring musician who tries to follow in the footsteps of his idol, singer Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), despite his family’s ban on all things musical.
In a party increasingly dominated by conservative-movement and/or Trumpian ideologues, the Senate Majority Leader is an old-school deal maker whose idol is not Barry Goldwater or Ronald Reagan but the Great Compromiser Henry Clay.
Friendly, chatty young servers frequently stop by to assist with the grillwork, leaving you plenty of time to take in the daebak K-pop idols on the TV screen above.
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.
Primer's musical talent helped him to achieve one of his childhood goals of playing guitar on stage with his idol, the late Muddy Waters.
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.
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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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