idyll

noun \ ˈī-dᵊl , British usually ˈi-(ˌ)dil \
variants: or less commonly idyl
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of idyll

1 a : 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
2 a : a lighthearted carefree episode that is a fit subject for an idyll
b : a romantic interlude

Examples of idyll in a Sentence

  1. 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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Origin and Etymology of idyll

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


IDYLL Defined for English Language Learners

idyll

noun

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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