icon

noun
\ ˈī-ˌkän How to pronounce icon (audio) \
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Definition of icon

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1a : a graphic symbol on a computer display screen that represents an app, an object (such as a file), or a function (such as the command to save)
b : a sign (such as a word or graphic symbol) whose form suggests its meaning
2 : an object of uncritical devotion : idol
3 : emblem, symbol the house became an icon of 1960's residential architecture— Paul Goldberger
4 [ Late Greek eikōn, from Greek ] : a conventional religious image typically painted on a small wooden panel and used in the devotions of Eastern Christians
5 : a usually pictorial representation : image
variants: or icono-

Definition of icon- (Entry 2 of 2)

: image iconolatry

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Synonyms for icon

Synonyms: Noun

god, hero, idol

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Examples of icon in a Sentence

Noun

Click on the icon to open your e-mail program. He has become an icon in the movie business. a singer who has become a pop icon The Statue of Liberty has become an American cultural icon.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The German automaker is fond of offering an array of different variants, and of the 24 different versions of the brand icon, the Porsche 911 GT3 is the one to take most seriously. NBC News, "10 of the most powerful, expensive, exotic new cars at the Frankfurt Motor Show," 13 Sep. 2019 The larger-than-life music icon, fictional movie protagonist and pivotal U.S. president each have been featured as weekly themes for the Gophers football team under head coach P.J. Fleck. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers coach P.J. Fleck’s specialty is mixing fun with football," 6 Sep. 2019 No matter what, the public remains enthralled by this enduring icon, whose personality remains strong and, at least for her loyal public, persuasive in old age. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Kingmaker': Film Review | Venice 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 Click the menu icon, which is the three vertical dots. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "If your Google Calendar seems like it’s been hacked, here’s what to do," 28 Aug. 2019 Still, fans of the icon, who is 86 and sometimes known as #NotoriousRBG, did not appear soothed on social media. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg Was Treated for Cancer and People on Social Media Are Prepared to Donate Organs," 23 Aug. 2019 A half-hour after being installed, for instance, an app would hide its icon and create a shortcut on the device home screen. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "85 Google Play apps with 8 million downloads forced fullscreen ads on users," 19 Aug. 2019 Tens of thousands of palm trees have died from the bacterial disease, and the pace of its spread is increasing, adding to environmental woes of a state already struggling to save its other arboreal icon, citrus trees, from two other diseases. Washington Post, "Florida’s iconic palm trees threatened by invasive disease," 19 Aug. 2019 Tens of thousands of palm trees have died from the bacterial disease, and the pace of its spread is increasing, adding to environmental woes of a state already struggling to save its other arboreal icon, citrus trees, from two other diseases. Terry Spencer, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida’s iconic palm trees threatened by invasive disease," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of icon

Noun

1572, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for icon

Noun

Latin, from Greek eikōn, from eikenai to resemble

Combining form

Greek eikon-, eikono-, from eikon-, eikōn

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icon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of icon

computers : a small picture on a computer screen that represents a program or function
: a person who is very successful and admired
: a widely known symbol

icon

noun
\ ˈī-ˌkän\

Kids Definition of icon

1 : a widely known symbol The Statue of Liberty has become an icon of freedom.
2 : a person who is very successful or admired a pop icon
3 : a religious image usually painted on a small wooden panel
4 : a small picture or symbol on a computer screen that represents a function that the computer can perform

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