- a poem or prose composition, usually describing pastoral scenes or events or any charmingly simple episode, appealing incident, or the like.
- a simple descriptive or narrative piece in verse or prose.
- material suitable for such a work.
- an episode or scene of idyllic charm.
- a brief or inconsequential romantic affair.
- Music. a composition, usually instrumental, of a pastoral or sentimental character.
Origin of idyll
Examples from the Web for idyl
But there was quite another side to their idyl, and Marianne mentioned it to her husband.Fruitfulness
Their life in its own way was an idyl, and it managed to achieve a singular beauty.The Moon and Sixpence
W. Somerset Maugham
Then the death of Morny seems to turn the idyl into a tragedy, but only for a moment.The Nabob
The love story which runs through the book, like a golden thread, is an idyl.In Blue Creek Caon
Anna Chapin Ray
On one occasion I referred to his life in the Bad Lands as "a kind of idyl."Roosevelt in the Bad Lands
sometimes US idyl
- a poem or prose work describing an idealized rural life, pastoral scenes, etc
- any simple narrative or descriptive piece in poetry or prose
- a charming or picturesque scene or event
- a piece of music with a calm or pastoral character
Word Origin and History for idyl
also idyl, c.1600, "picturesque pastoral poem," from Latin idyllium, from Greek eidyllion "short, descriptive poem, usually of rustic or pastoral type," literally "a little picture," diminutive of eidos "form" (see -oid).