- an image of a deity other than God.
- the deity itself.
Origin of idol
Examples from the Web for idol
Ratings for talent competitions like Idol, once viewership juggernauts, are plummeting.
The other thing about Idol was that it really was a star-maker at first.
The standard bearers of reality TV—American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance—are aging.
These are men and women who want to retain faith in an idol, who just want to forgive and forget.Why We're So Hard on Janay Rice and Celebrity Survivors of Abuse|Amy Zimmerman|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nearly 90 years later, a group of magicians still honors their idol with a “Broken Wand” ceremony at his gravesite each year.
The lady is no idol to you at present, but neither is she indifferent.My Lady Nicotine|J. M. Barrie
He brought the books and knife to him cheerfully; the watch he wanted to keep—that was his idol.
"I dropped my idol on the ground yesterday and it broke," he said.Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends|Gertrude Landa
The King, who led the van of his army, was an idol made for such worship as Garibaldi's.
If you will permit me, Mr. Bagwell, I will examine this idol more particularly.A Master of Mysteries|L. T. Meade
British Dictionary definitions for idol
Word Origin for idol
Word Origin and History for idol
mid-13c., "image of a deity as an object of (pagan) worship," from Old French idole "idol, graven image, pagan god," from Late Latin idolum "image (mental or physical), form," used in Church Latin for "false god," from Greek eidolon "appearance, reflection in water or a mirror," later "mental image, apparition, phantom," also "material image, statue," from eidos "form" (see -oid). Figurative sense of "something idolized" is first recorded 1560s (in Middle English the figurative sense was "someone who is false or untrustworthy"). Meaning "a person so adored" is from 1590s.