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
Recent Examples on the Web The tourist destination, popular with tourists for its clear waters and idyllic island communities, is set to bar all visitors beginning on Sunday at 6 p.m. All lodging facilities are set to close at that same time. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Florida Keys closing down during coronavirus pandemic and will not let visitors onto island chain," 20 Mar. 2020 Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic, suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 Moorea, French Polynesia Moorea’s relative budget-friendliness and its idyllic beaches, overwater bungalows, and inland adventures proves a winning combination for this ultra-scenic society island. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 In the series as in the novel, Shaker Heights plays the part of a seemingly idyllic suburb that is upended by the arrival of a stranger whose presence threatens to expose the secrets and mysteries that lie beneath the surface. cleveland, "‘Little Fires Everywhere,’ the Hulu series set in Shaker Heights, gets a new trailer," 20 Feb. 2020 If their hometown was a nurturing haven, the African homelands were the idyllic places their mothers and fathers dreamed of. National Geographic, "," 16 Jan. 2020 Located on the island of Andøya, part of the Vesterålen archipelago, this idyllic place is further north than Reykjavik, Iceland; further north than St. Petersburg, Russia; further north than Anchorage, Alaska. Mallory Farrugia, Vogue, "Why Your Next Summer Getaway Should Be Above the Arctic Circle," 14 Nov. 2019 Loire Valley, France France's Loire Valley, located a few hours south of Paris, might be one of the most idyllic spots in all of Europe—especially in the fall. Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Best Places to Visit in Europe in October for Stunning Fall Foliage," 4 Oct. 2019 Fleeing after accidentally running down an African migrant whose widow makes an impossible demand for his silence, a neurosurgeon with a seemingly idyllic life resorts to extreme lengths to save his family and reputation. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "What’s on: Imperial Beach firefighters host open house," 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of idyllic

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Idyllic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of idyllic

: very peaceful, happy, and enjoyable

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