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-

Example Sentences

He had an idyllic childhood. an idyllic retreat in the countryside
Recent Examples on the Web Besides the impressive architecture, Kotor’s surroundings are also quite idyllic. Heather Eng, Travel + Leisure, 25 Mar. 2023 Guido says his childhood, spent shuttling among his parents’ homes, was idyllic. Nancy Hass Henry Bourne, New York Times, 21 Mar. 2023 Cooling Off Laying before an idyllic desert landscape, Cuoco and her bump relaxed poolside in the sun in November. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 20 Mar. 2023 The vast estate is as idyllic as it is secluded, its fishing pond, expansive farmland and four-bedroom home shrouded by trees and a winding driveway that keep it all out of view from the highway. Nicholas Bogel-burroughs,, 1 Mar. 2023 The idea of misting away skin issues certainly sounds idyllic. Jaclyn Smock, Allure, 22 Feb. 2023 Getting paid to sail to exotic locations around the world might sound idyllic, but the crew members on Below Deck have it anything but easy. Charlotte Chilton, Men's Health, 8 Dec. 2022 But Ian, one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit the United States, upended the idyllic lives so many had planned for themselves in this stretch of the Sunshine State, often pouring in their life’s savings. Brittany Shammas, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Oct. 2022 The train makes 21 stops in villages and towns sprinkled across the route, including in some of Norway’s most idyllic ski destinations, like Mjølfjell. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 28 Feb. 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 28 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


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

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