[ahy-doh-luh n]

noun, plural ei·do·la [ahy-doh-luh] /aɪˈdoʊ lə/, ei·do·lons.

a phantom; apparition.
an ideal.

Origin of eidolon

First recorded in 1820–30; see origin at idol
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Historical Examples of eidola

  • She was laughing now, but with all the gay coquetry of youth, not merely the eidola of her own.

    Mrs. Balfame

    Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton

British Dictionary definitions for eidola


noun plural -la (-lə) or -lons

an unsubstantial image; apparition; phantom
an ideal or idealized figure

Word Origin for eidolon

C19: from Greek: phantom, idol
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Word Origin and History for eidola



1828, from Greek eidolon (see idol).

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