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  1. 1 :  a usually pictorial representation :  image

  2. 2 [Late Greek eikōn, from Greek] :  a conventional religious image typically painted on a small wooden panel and used in the devotions of Eastern Christians

  3. 3 :  an object of uncritical devotion :  idol

  4. 4 :  emblem, symbol the house became an icon of 1960's residential architecture — Paul Goldberger

  5. 5a :  a sign (as a word or graphic symbol) whose form suggests its meaningb :  a graphic symbol on a computer display screen that represents an object (as a file) or function (as the command to delete)

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