a delightful, tranquil rural scene or episode, reminiscent of or suitable for pastoral art or literature:A great many horror movies are set in a suburban idyll.
a short descriptive or narrative poem or prose work, depicting a pleasant, tranquil, idealized pastoral scene or event, or any charmingly simple episode in literature.
A long narrative poem on a major theme, but less elevated and formal in subject matter, language, and tone than an epic:Tennyson's Idylls of the King is an elegaic retelling of Arthurian legend.
a brief or inconsequential romantic affair.
Music. a composition, usually instrumental, of a pastoral or sentimental character.
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How to use idyll in a sentence
From the working-class Honeymooners to the middle-class suburban idyll epitomized by Father Knows Best, The Donna Reed Show and many more, TV offered familiar, if pithier or more wholesome, representations of regular American families.Suddenly, Everyone We See on TV Is Very Rich or Very Poor. What Happened? | Judy Berman | October 13, 2021 | Time
The pursuit of this elusive idyll seems to be what makes him tick.The Country Gentleman of Physics - Issue 100: Outsiders | Michael Brooks | May 12, 2021 | Nautilus
Despite moving from the idyll of Golden State to a somewhat sloppier situation with the Nets — Durant, Harden, and Irving may reach the playoffs having played just seven games together — Durant has maintained his production across categories.Achilles Tears Often Spell Doom For Basketball Players. But Kevin Durant Looks Like Himself Again. | Robert O'Connell | April 29, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
The irony is that Paradise is anything but, especially for the characters whose hard work and impoverished lives sustain tourists’ idylls.
The approach came in handy while Strava-stalking my defector runner friends in their various idylls.
Landing back in Cannes after this island idyll is always a bit of a shock, festival time or not.No Movie Stars, No Red Carpet, But Off-Season Cannes Is Still Magic | Liza Foreman | September 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the intervening years were as close to a domestic idyll as Washington ever experienced.
See Now Then by Jamaica Kincaid As years go by, a domestic idyll turns dark.
What starts as a domestic idyll turns out to be something much darker.
Yet Odessa's "cosmopolitan idyll" (to use King's phrase) was not what it seemed.
The old story of Boaz and Ruth grew beneath his hands into a delicious idyll of country life.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 1 (of 4) | Richard Muther
It shall be a poem, an idyll—far from all interruptions, far from intrigues!'A German Pompadour | Marie Hay
It seemed that she and I had been born brother and sister in some impossible pastoral idyll.Tramping on Life | Harry Kemp
And what is one to say of the love idyll appended to the historical drama, in spite of history, in spite of the drama itself?The English Stage | Augustin Filon
Possibly it might create a greater sensation if it were introduced to the world as Julia and Pausanias: an idyll.Three in Norway | James Arthur Lees
British Dictionary definitions for idyll
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
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