- 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 ikon
The intrusive lens at the tennis court belonged to an enterprising 30-year-old pap, Niraj Tanna of Ikon Pictures.Why William and Kate Held Off Again
June 8, 2010
Sophia lay upon the bare floor beneath the ikon, fast asleep.The Genius
Margaret Horton Potter
A bit of fish, too, fried, sir—even if it was only them ikon Sammy Langs.Trapped by Malays
George Manville Fenn
Or I see the ikon is out of order, and I set it to rights, or pour in some oil.
He rose hastily from his seat, faced the ikon and began to pray.
Yudushka rose from his seat, faced the ikon and offered up a prayer.
- a variant spelling of icon
- 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 ikon
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.