idyl·​lic | \ ī-ˈdi-lik, chiefly British i-\

Definition of idyllic

1 : pleasing or picturesque in natural simplicity
2 : of, relating to, or being an idyll

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Other Words from idyllic

idyllically \ ī-​ˈdi-​li-​k(ə-​)lē , chiefly British  i-​ \ adverb

Examples of idyllic in a Sentence

He had an idyllic childhood. an idyllic retreat in the countryside

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Prior to becoming the latest victim of the eruption, the 400-year-old lake was an idyllic spot. James Rogers, Fox News, "Hawaii volcano: Kilauea lava boiled away Big Island's largest freshwater lake," 13 June 2018 The idyllic picture of the family portrayed in Facebook posts and through the memories of friends stands in stark contrast to court and police records. Eder Campuzano,, "Hart family crash: As information emerges, questions linger," 31 Mar. 2018 Sounds like quite the idyllic way to spend a holiday. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How Monaco’s Royal Family Spent Christmas This Year," 4 Jan. 2019 The lights of Los Alamos, the birthplace of the atomic bomb, can be seen at night from the idyllic open-air theater of Santa Fe Opera. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "Bringing ‘Doctor Atomic’ to the Birthplace of the Bomb," 6 July 2018 Most recognizable from the Lexus marketing campaign December to Remember, which started in 1998, a bow on a car seems like something that would only exist in an idyllic commercial. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Does anyone really buy the giant car bows you see in every commercial?," 18 Dec. 2018 Cate Blanchett leads the cast as Bernadette Fox, a suburban Seattle mother who seems to live an idyllic life. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Where'd You Go, Bernadette," 18 Dec. 2018 Examining several video clips Kylie had shared of her Christmas tree and the idyllic decorations in her house, Instagram user @kyliejennersoutfit spotted the iconic Melting Brass Console Table propped up against a wall. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Just Bought a Kylie Cosmetics-Inspired Side Table for $30,000," 15 Dec. 2018 The Hart Tribe—and its engaging social media presence as an idyllic family of eight—was officially born. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 2: 'If Not Us, Who?'," 11 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of idyllic

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of idyllic

: very peaceful, happy, and enjoyable

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