[ ahy-doh-luhn ]
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noun,plural ei·do·la [ahy-doh-luh], /aɪˈdoʊ lə/, ei·do·lons.
  1. a phantom; apparition.

  2. an ideal.

Origin of eidolon

First recorded in 1820–30; see origin at idol

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How to use eidolon in a sentence

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

    Guy Livingstone; | George A. Lawrence
  • Whichever way she turned the eidolon of Caroline met her as a bar to all further progress in her design upon the Intendant.

    The Golden Dog | William Kirby
  • I could thus see myself, gazing through my dream eyes on my eidolon, as if it were only a reflection in a mirror.

    She and I, Volume 2 | John Conroy Hutcheson
  • The Homeric solution is to divide the man, or to double him, into his shade (eidolon) and his self.

    Homer's Odyssey | Denton J. Snider
  • But if any one likes let us leave him a mere eidolon, an earlier "Great Unknown."

British Dictionary definitions for eidolon


/ (aɪˈdəʊlɒn) /

nounplural -la (-lə) or -lons
  1. an unsubstantial image; apparition; phantom

  2. an ideal or idealized figure

Origin of eidolon

C19: from Greek: phantom, idol

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