idyl·​lic | \ ī-ˈdi-lik How to pronounce idyllic (audio) , 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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idyllically \ ī-​ˈdi-​li-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce idyllically (audio) , 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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But in Ischia, the Sarratores seem as idyllic as the island itself, a happy family that goes swimming together and drinks on the terrace and showers Elena with praise and affection. Constance Grady, Vox, "My Brilliant Friend offers Elena an escape — then yanks it away," 9 Dec. 2018 Armchair sleuths convened in private Facebook forums to pore over each detail of the case and each seemingly idyllic image on Jen’s feed looking for answers and doling out pop psychology diagnoses. Lauren Smiley, Glamour, "Two White Moms. Six Black Kids. One Unthinkable Tragedy. A Look Inside the ‘Perfect’ Hart Family," 6 Sep. 2018 Even the government officials who pluck Will and Tom from their Crusoe-like idyllic existence have their best interests at heart. Peter Keough,, "Family bonds prevail in ‘Leave No Trace’," 21 June 2018 The setting was idyllic to start: A five-story townhouse with interior design by David Chipperfield, located on a quiet street overlooking a park. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "The Future Perfect Launches a Fully Shoppable Home With (What Else?) a House Party," 13 Mar. 2019 However, most scientists see such an idyllic scenario as unlikely. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Change Has Fundamentally Weakened The Great Barrier Reef," 4 Apr. 2019 On Friday evening, Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld hosted the rehearsal dinner at their idyllic home in East Hampton, then the couple’s ceremony was held on Saturday at Paltrow’s house nearby. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "A First Look at Gwyneth Paltrow’s Wedding Dress," 2 Nov. 2018 It would be spent at Fairgreen Farm, the idyllic childhood home of her husband, artist Christopher Brooks, near Stow. Natalia Rachlin, WSJ, "The Onetime Barneys Fashion Director Setting Up Shop in the English Countryside," 27 May 2018 The story of Migo (voiced by Channing Tatum), an enthusiastic yeti who lives an idyllic life in his Himalayan mountain-top village, unfolds beat for beat in the most predictable way. Brent Mcknight, The Seattle Times, "‘Smallfoot’: Cute animated adventure walks a predictable path," 25 Sep. 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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