[ ahy-kon-ik ]
/ aɪˈkɒn ɪk /


of, relating to, or characteristic of an icon.
Art. (of statues, portraits, etc.) executed according to a convention or tradition.
Also i·con·i·cal.

Origin of iconic

1650–60; < Latin īconicus < Greek eikonikós, equivalent to eikon- (stem of eikṓn) icon + -ikos -ic
Related formsi·con·i·cal·ly, adverbi·co·nic·i·ty [ahy-kuh-nis-i-tee] /ˌaɪ kəˈnɪs ɪ ti/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for iconic



/ (aɪˈkɒnɪk) /


relating to, resembling, or having the character of an icon
(of memorial sculptures, esp those depicting athletes of ancient Greece) having a fixed conventional style
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Word Origin and History for iconic



1650s, from Late Latin iconicus, from Greek eikonikos "pertaining to an image," from eikon (see icon).

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