- a poem or prose composition, usually describing pastoral scenes or events or any charmingly simple episode, appealing incident, or the like.
- a simple descriptive or narrative piece in verse or prose.
- material suitable for such a work.
- an episode or scene of idyllic charm.
- a brief or inconsequential romantic affair.
- Music. a composition, usually instrumental, of a pastoral or sentimental character.
Origin of idyll
Examples from the Web for idyll
The Rambagh seems to effortlessly have the sense of a refuge and idyll that luxury hotels the world over try so hard to conjure.Living Like a Maharajah
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She is the idyll of our shanty, and our regard for her approaches to idolatry.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
The refrain of the poem increases its resemblance to the form of a Greek idyll.Epic and Romance
W. P. Ker
But he had the distinct feeling that there was something wrong with this idyll.The Marooner
Charles A. Stearns
Compare this Idyll, in respect to reality, with the other two you have studied.Teachers' Outlines for Studies in English
Gilbert Sykes Blakely
She ought to act in an idyll by Theocritus, as he was a Sicilian like herself.The Princess of the School
sometimes US idyl
- a poem or prose work describing an idealized rural life, pastoral scenes, etc
- any simple narrative or descriptive piece in poetry or prose
- a charming or picturesque scene or event
- a piece of music with a calm or pastoral character
Word Origin and History for idyll
also idyl, c.1600, "picturesque pastoral poem," from Latin idyllium, from Greek eidyllion "short, descriptive poem, usually of rustic or pastoral type," literally "a little picture," diminutive of eidos "form" (see -oid).