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
At the same time, for many young Americans in the second decade of the 21st century, the choice is not between a summer job and a summer idyll.
Music gives us many examples, from Bach to Puccini, of the two-voiced female idyll; but Mr. Millepied’s dance is bland in the extreme.
Despite the historical firsts that Varadkar's appointment will bring, Ireland is no longer either a rural idyll that exported little more than cattle on-the-hoof, nor an inward-looking, quasi-self-sufficient republic.
The Faraglioni of Capri, Napoli: 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 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.
The ideal idyll for those looking to round out a day of parades and picnics with the astounding acts of trapeze artists, the Reel Steel Riders, animals and — of course — the famous Shrine clowns.
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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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