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iconic

[ahy-kon-ik]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of an icon.
  2. Art. (of statues, portraits, etc.) executed according to a convention or tradition.
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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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Related Words

archetypalexemplaryepochalparadigmaticquintessentialrecognizableidealrepresentativeclassicalprototypicalsupremeseminalimportanthistorictraditional

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  • She is the invariant of each of her iconic Mantrams and her surroundings are the variables that enter and leave the screen.

    The Gallery

    Roger Phillips Graham


British Dictionary definitions for iconic

iconic

iconical

adjective
  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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Word Origin and History for iconic

adj.

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

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