[ ahyd-l ]
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  1. an image or other material object representing a deity to which religious worship is addressed.

  2. Bible.

    • an image of a deity other than God.

    • the deity itself.

  1. any person or thing regarded with blind admiration, adoration, or devotion: Madame Curie had been her childhood idol.

  2. a mere image or semblance of something, visible but without substance, as a phantom.

  3. a figment of the mind; fantasy.

  4. a false conception or notion; fallacy.

Origin of idol

First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English from Late Latin īdōlum from Greek eídōlon “image, idol,” derivative of eîdos “shape, form”

synonym study For idol

1. See image.

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How to use idol in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for idol


/ (ˈaɪdəl) /

  1. a material object, esp a carved image, that is worshipped as a god

  2. Christianity Judaism any being (other than the one God) to which divine honour is paid

  1. a person who is revered, admired, or highly loved

Origin of idol

C13: from Late Latin īdōlum, from Latin: image, from Greek eidōlon, from eidos shape, form

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