- 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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Examples from the Web for icons
There are still headwinds for these American icons of consumerism.Best Buy Punches Back at Amazon
December 27, 2014
These artists are beyond commodification; their iconic images are, indeed, icons.Sneer and Clothing in Miami: Inside The $3 Billion Woodstock of Contemporary Art
December 6, 2014
School entries with icons indicate the school ranked in the top 100 of that category.The Best of the Beast, Aug 25-31: High Schools, Houdini and Hip-Hop Jihadists
The Daily Beast
August 30, 2014
[New York Times] Christian Dior Unites with Princess Grace Foundation: Two icons have joined forces.Are Buzz Cuts the Next Big Trend for Women? And Christian Dior Unites with Princess Grace Foundation
The Fashion Beast Team
July 30, 2014
He photographed his friends, like Jane Fonda and Paul Newman, taking candid shots of the icons of the day.Dennis Hopper: The Missing Years
June 25, 2014
He lay just under the icons; his large thick hands outside the quilt.
Then she shook her head and glanced up at the icons with a sigh.
The small lamp in front of the icons was the only light left in the room.
He was 460 not like the Winged Precursor familiar to the painter of icons; but his charm was irresistible.The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci
Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
This resembles the Greek iconostasis, the screen on which the “icons” or sacred pictures are placed.
- 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
Word Origin and History for icons
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.