idyl·​lic ī-ˈdi-lik How to pronounce idyllic (audio)
 chiefly British  i-
: pleasing or picturesque in natural simplicity
: of, relating to, or being an idyll
ī-ˈdi-li-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce idyllic (audio)
 chiefly British  i-

Examples of idyllic in a Sentence

He had an idyllic childhood. an idyllic retreat in the countryside
Recent Examples on the Web Life is ordinary and manageable, sometimes even idyllic, until terror thrusts in. Vulture, 21 Nov. 2023 This pie is idyllic comfort food with a combination of many common pantry ingredients not customarily found together. Nik Pugmire, Southern Living, 12 Nov. 2023 The story follows a couple whose seemingly idyllic family life is thrown into turmoil when their son starts acting out of character. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Oct. 2023 Richard and Juliette’s seemingly idyllic family life is thrown into turmoil when their son starts acting out of character. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 30 Oct. 2023 The home, which dates back to the 18th century, sits on 150 acres in the idyllic Westchester County town and includes chicken yards and coops, a vegetable greenhouse and garden, stables, and several guest houses. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 6 Nov. 2023 How to Say Babylon paints idyllic images of youthful freedom stifled too soon: When Sinclair was 5, her strict Rastafari father moved their family away from the sea—and the maternal relatives—that nourished them. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 14 Oct. 2023 The rockets were the one downside of the otherwise idyllic spot, Pinyan and his friends would say. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, 12 Oct. 2023 On the morning of October 7th, as Hamas militants paraglided over Israel’s razor-wire fence to carry out a mass killing, Yahav Winner was waking up to his newborn daughter, Shaya, in his family’s home, in an idyllic desert community with fields of sunflowers and rows of palm trees. Yahav Winner, The New Yorker, 27 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of idyllic was in 1856

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“Idyllic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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idyl·​lic ī-ˈdil-ik How to pronounce idyllic (audio)
: simple and charming
an idyllic little town

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