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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Millennial and Gen Z viewers also pined for the hit series’s version of a pre-smartphone idyll. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "How ‘Stranger Things’ Whipped Up ’80s Fever," 30 June 2019 The Maurice Sendak Foundation; The Morgan Library & Museum There is a drawing that gets to the root of Maurice Sendak’s ominous sweetness, his work’s potent mixture of childhood idyll and threatening night. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Discovering Maurice Sendak, the Opera Designer," 27 June 2019 The unrushed idyll that unfurls is alive with discovery, flirtation, parties and several characters' boundary-testing drifts between darkness and joy. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Magari' ('If Only'): Film Review | Locarno 2019," 8 Aug. 2019 The idyll ended when he was ordered home to attend Kim Il Sung Military University, named for his grandfather and founder of the totalitarian state. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘The Great Successor’ paints a macabre portrait of Kim Jong Un," 24 Aug. 2019 For Bond fans: Caresse, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa Cutting a dash on the water, Caresse looks like the sort of idyll James Bond might drift around at mission’s end. Chris Leadbeater, National Geographic, "Discover Turkey’s under-the-radar seaside paradise," 14 Aug. 2019 With white Adirondack chairs, sky-blue hammocks, a swimming pool and cornhole games, the National Building Museum’s annual summer installation captures the summer idyll. Washington Post, "Where to chill in D.C. when it feels like an inferno outside," 19 July 2019 This charming idyll depicts the country life and cosmopolitan society of Corfu in the years immediately before the war . . . Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Picking a “destination novel” is the secret to great summer reading," 4 July 2019 Anchoring this idyll is a town of around 7,850 residents, where stone-and-brick facades open to restaurants, bars and shops selling a gamut of goods, including native crafts, wellness products, clothing, sports gear and technical outerwear. John Briley, Washington Post, "Better than Banff? In British Columbia, Nelson is a contender," 20 June 2019

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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

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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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