- a picture, image, or other representation.
- Eastern Church. a representation of some sacred personage, as Christ or a saint or angel, painted usually on a wood surface and venerated itself as sacred.
- a sign or representation that stands for its object by virtue of a resemblance or analogy to it: an icon of womanhood.
- a person or thing that is revered or idolized: Elvis Presley is a cultural icon of the 20th century.
- Computers. a picture or symbol that appears on a monitor and is used to represent a command, as a file drawer to represent filing.
- Semiotics. a sign or representation that stands for its object by virtue of a resemblance or analogy to it.
Origin of icon
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- a combining form meaning “image,” “likeness,” used in the formation of compound words: iconology.
Origin of icono-
Examples from the Web for icon
Padre Goyo, with his clerical collar and his bulletproof vest, is an icon for those fighting drugs and corruption.Mexico’s Holy Warrior Against the Cartels
November 18, 2014
Her valiant recovery made her an inspiration for everyone, and an icon for Democrats.The Battle Is On in Gabby Giffords’s Old District
October 9, 2014
In contrast, Paul was gaining momentum and the Libertarian icon seemed poised to pull a potential upset.The Time Michele Bachmann Was Right
August 31, 2014
Twentysomething women have turned the boss into an icon, the ultimate position to have dreams and then make them happen.Basics Beware: We're All Girl Bosses Now
August 28, 2014
“James Brown is an icon, and his voice is quite distinctive,” says Spencer, who knows what it takes to win an Oscar.‘Get On Up’ Star Chadwick Boseman on Becoming James Brown—With A Little Help From Mick Jagger
August 4, 2014
Icon well remarks that we are much in the power of our contributors.
She crossed herself, kissed the icon, and handed it to Andrew.
Well, he took that icon home with him for a few days and what did he do?
This was the icon that had been brought from Smolensk and had since accompanied the army.
The crowd round the icon suddenly parted and pressed against Pierre.
- Also: ikon a representation of Christ, the Virgin Mary, or a saint, esp one painted in oil on a wooden panel, depicted in a traditional Byzantine style and venerated in the Eastern Church
- an image, picture, representation, etc
- a person or thing regarded as a symbol of a belief, nation, community, or cultural movement
- a person regarded as a sex symbol or as a symbol of the latest fashion trends
- a pictorial representation of a facility available on a computer system, that enables the facility to be activated by means of a screen cursor rather than by a textual instruction
before a vowel icon-
- indicating an image or likenessiconology
Word Origin and History for icon
also ikon, 1570s, "image, figure, representation," from Late Latin icon, from Greek eikon "likeness, image, portrait," related to eikenai "be like, look like," of unknown origin. Eastern Church sense is attested from 1833. Computing sense first recorded 1982.
- In a graphical user interface, a picture on the screen that represents a specific file, directory, window, or program. Clicking on an icon will start the associated program or open the associated file, directory, or window.