[ ahy-kon-ik ]
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  1. widely considered to epitomize an era, culture, community, place, etc.; representative: The iconic figure of punk rock reunited with her bandmates for a final performance.We boarded one of London’s iconic double-decker buses.

  2. celebrated, revered, or idolized: The cheesesteak has iconic status in Philly.She's worn some of the most iconic gowns ever to grace the red carpet.

  1. Eastern Church. of or relating to a representation of some sacred personage or event, such as Christ or a saint or the Resurrection, painted usually on a wood surface and venerated for its subject.

  2. Art. (of statues, portraits, etc.) executed according to a convention or tradition.

Origin of iconic

First recorded in 1650–60; from Latin īconicus, from Greek eikonikós, from eikon- (stem of eikṓn ) icon + -ikos-ic
  • Also i·con·i·cal [ahy-kon-i-kuhl] /aɪˈkɒn ɪ kəl/ .

Other words from iconic

  • i·con·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • i·co·nic·i·ty [ahy-kuh-nis-i-tee], /ˌaɪ kəˈnɪs ɪ ti/, noun

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How to use iconic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for iconic



/ (aɪˈkɒnɪk) /

  1. relating to, resembling, or having the character of an icon

  2. (of memorial sculptures, esp those depicting athletes of ancient Greece) having a fixed conventional style

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