Origin of icon
Definition for icon (2 of 2)
Origin of icono-
Examples from the Web for icon
Padre Goyo, with his clerical collar and his bulletproof vest, is an icon for those fighting drugs and corruption.
Her valiant recovery made her an inspiration for everyone, and an icon for Democrats.
In contrast, Paul was gaining momentum and the Libertarian icon seemed poised to pull a potential upset.
Twentysomething women have turned the boss into an icon, the ultimate position to have dreams and then make them happen.
“James Brown is an icon, and his voice is quite distinctive,” says Spencer, who knows what it takes to win an Oscar.‘Get On Up’ Star Chadwick Boseman on Becoming James Brown—With A Little Help From Mick Jagger|Marlow Stern|August 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
An hour afterwards a monk found him upon his knees before an icon, in fervent prayer.
Youssuf Afghian kneeled down before an icon in the corner of the room and prayed fervently.Dust of New York|Konrad Bercovici
At the head marched a girl bearing an icon of the Madonna, gaudily painted and bedecked with jewels.
Icon painting formed an important bridge between folk art and the fine arts in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.Area Handbook for Romania|Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
Someone, a very important personage judging by the haste with which way was made for him, was approaching the icon.War and Peace|Leo Tolstoy
British Dictionary definitions for icon (1 of 2)
Word Origin for icon
British Dictionary definitions for icon (2 of 2)
before a vowel icon-
Word Origin for icono-
Word Origin and History for icon
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.
Science definitions for icon
Culture definitions for icon
An image used in worship in the Eastern Orthodox Church and among other Christians (see also Christian) of similar traditions. Icons depict Jesus, Mary, and the saints, usually in a severe, symbolic, nonrealistic way.