Definition of idyll
1a : a simple descriptive work in poetry or prose that deals with rustic life or pastoral scenes or suggests a mood of peace and contentmentb : a narrative poem (such as Tennyson's Idylls of the King) treating an epic, romantic, or tragic theme
2a : a lighthearted carefree episode that is a fit subject for an idyllb : a romantic interlude
Examples of idyll in a Sentence
her year as a vineyard worker in the south of France was not the idyll that she had expected it to be
Recent Examples of idyll from the Web
The island of Capri off the end of the Sorrento peninsula south of Naples conjures images of the perfect Mediterranean idyll, of plunging sea views, picturesque piazzas and spilling bougainvilleas.
The fall of the Wall was greeted with euphoria among young people both East and West, even if the Westerners felt their underground idyll was being threatened by exposure to the wider world and the Easterners felt patronized.
But for her watchful 13-year-old daughter Lane, this pastoral California idyll is a child’s nightmare, especially once her desperate mother starts handing off her kids to whoever will take them.
How interesting that an image of a family huddled around a television set, once derided as the decline of traditional family life, is now a romantic idyll.
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Origin and Etymology of idyll
Latin idyllium, from Greek eidyllion, from diminutive of eidos form; akin to Greek idein to see — more at wit
First Known Use: 1586
IDYLL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of idyll for English Language Learners
: a simple poem or other piece of writing that describes peaceful country life
: a happy and enjoyable scene or experience
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