- an image or other material object representing a deity to which religious worship is addressed.
- an image of a deity other than God.
- the deity itself.
- any person or thing regarded with blind admiration, adoration, or devotion: Madame Curie had been her childhood idol.
- a mere image or semblance of something, visible but without substance, as a phantom.
- a figment of the mind; fantasy.
- a false conception or notion; fallacy.
Origin of idol
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Examples from the Web for idol
Ratings for talent competitions like Idol, once viewership juggernauts, are plummeting.
The other thing about Idol was that it really was a star-maker at first.
The standard bearers of reality TV—American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance—are aging.
These are men and women who want to retain faith in an idol, who just want to forgive and forget.Why We're So Hard on Janay Rice and Celebrity Survivors of Abuse
September 15, 2014
Nearly 90 years later, a group of magicians still honors their idol with a “Broken Wand” ceremony at his gravesite each year.Get a Piece of Houdini Before He Disappears
August 22, 2014
But you know the old man has become a miser, and makes money his idol.Brave and Bold
But Mammon was never the name of an idol or other form of false deity.
He at least did not think that the idol had been forsaken because the use of his name was given up.
After all, it's a satisfaction to find that one's idol makes a handsome bibelot.The Greater Inclination
He had written of his idol before; but it was not till I came that he told it all to me.The Gentleman From Indiana
- a material object, esp a carved image, that is worshipped as a god
- Christianity Judaism any being (other than the one God) to which divine honour is paid
- a person who is revered, admired, or highly loved
Word Origin and History for idol
mid-13c., "image of a deity as an object of (pagan) worship," from Old French idole "idol, graven image, pagan god," from Late Latin idolum "image (mental or physical), form," used in Church Latin for "false god," from Greek eidolon "appearance, reflection in water or a mirror," later "mental image, apparition, phantom," also "material image, statue," from eidos "form" (see -oid). Figurative sense of "something idolized" is first recorded 1560s (in Middle English the figurative sense was "someone who is false or untrustworthy"). Meaning "a person so adored" is from 1590s.