suitable for or suggestive of an idyll; charmingly simple or rustic: his idyllic life in Tahiti.
of, relating to, or characteristic of an idyll.

Origin of idyllic

First recorded in 1855–60; idyll + -ic
Related formsi·dyl·li·cal·ly, adverbnon·i·dyl·lic, adjectivenon·i·dyl·li·cal·ly, adverbun·i·dyl·lic, adjective

Synonyms for idyllic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of idyllic

Historical Examples of idyllic

  • He was tender and idyllic, though apt in his turn to be affected and sentimental.

  • Apollion, however, cannot forget this charming vision of idyllic joy.

    Vondel's Lucifer

    Joost van den Vondel

  • There may have been many happy lovers on these sunny prairies that idyllic summer, now forty years gone by.

    The Price of the Prairie

    Margaret Hill McCarter

  • Note: “Rose of Evening” is one of the most idyllic of Chinese art fairy-tales.

  • An idyllic hour of love is an intermittent pulsation of friendship.

    The Philosophical Letters

    Friedrich Schiller

British Dictionary definitions for idyllic



of or relating to an idyll
charming; picturesque
Derived Formsidyllically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for idyllic

"full of natural, simple charm," 1831, literally "suitable for an idyll" (late 18c. in sense "pertaining to an idyll"); from idyll + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper