idyll

noun
\ ˈī-dᵊl How to pronounce idyll (audio) , British usually ˈi-(ˌ)dil\
variants: or less commonly idyl

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 contentment
b : 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 idyll
b : a romantic interlude

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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

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About an hour and a half south of Boston — and some 20 minutes from Newport — the idyll makes for a charming summer escape. Lauren Daley, BostonGlobe.com, "Wickford Village worth seeking out," 15 May 2018 That is not to suggest the trip was any sort of idyll. Guy Trebay, Condé Nast Traveler, "In the Heart of Navajo Lands," 19 Oct. 2018 The specificity with which this seeming idyll is rendered makes the eventual unraveling of their life that much more heartbreaking. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "The Wine Lover’s Summer Reading List," 15 Aug. 2018 At the end of last summer, their retirement idyll was interrupted when a small, frightened girl wrapped in a fleece blanket rang their doorbell at 1:30 in the morning. Lauren Smiley, Glamour, "Two White Moms. Six Black Kids. One Unthinkable Tragedy. A Look Inside the ‘Perfect’ Hart Family," 6 Sep. 2018 The story is a fictional gloss on the story of the real Viktor Tsoi (the swoony Teo Yoo), who helped lead the rock revolt in grungy clubs, jam sessions and pastoral idylls. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "The Best and Worst of Cannes, Maybe Coming to a Theater Near You," 17 May 2018 Reading Frost’s poems as mere odes to rural idylls de-fangs them. Tyler Malone, latimes.com, "The road taken by Robert Frost through New England," 29 June 2018 The idyll ended on July 17, 1936, when a junta led by General Francisco Franco rose up against the Spanish Republic and its Popular Front government. Benjamin Kunkel, The New Republic, "The partisan world of Pablo Neruda," 2 July 2018 Their idyll is interrupted when a feral and mysterious 14-year-old girl shoots their cattle dead, sending Wyatt Smith into Utah's hyper-violent crime underworld to find her. refinery29.com, "How Rae DelBianco Went From Cattle Farmer To Bookstagram Queen To Literary Darling — All By 25," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of idyll

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for idyll

Latin idyllium, from Greek eidyllion, from diminutive of eidos form; akin to Greek idein to see — more at wit

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idyll

noun

English Language Learners Definition of idyll

literary
: a simple poem or other piece of writing that describes peaceful country life
: a happy and enjoyable scene or experience

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