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[ahy-doh-luh n]
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noun, plural ei·do·la [ahy-doh-luh] /aɪˈdoʊ lə/, ei·do·lons.
  1. a phantom; apparition.
  2. an ideal.
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Origin of eidolon

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

  • Accounts say that it was her double, or eidolon, which figured at Troy.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol. 65, No. 400, February, 1849


  • Alas, yes, the Eidolon of him was,—in Weber's and other such brains.

    The French Revolution

    Thomas Carlyle

  • For the time his thought was quit of its consequence; no eidolon outwardly repeated his inward vision.

  • And there were other friends of the eidolon in England and inaccessible, whose letters of welcome awaited me at Gravesend.

    The Retrospect

    Ada Cambridge

  • In the background of all we fancy a hideous Eidolon, from whose side even the damned recoil in loathing.

    Guy Livingstone;

    George A. Lawrence

British Dictionary definitions for eidolon


noun plural -la (-lə) or -lons
  1. an unsubstantial image; apparition; phantom
  2. an ideal or idealized figure
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Word Origin

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


1828, from Greek eidolon (see idol).

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