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


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  • When we arrived in camp, an idyllic scene was being enacted.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

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

  • These sweet and idyllic notes are often interposed in some of the very grimmest of our ballads.

    The Balladists

    John Geddie

  • The love of Marx and his wife for each other was beautiful and idyllic.


    John Spargo

  • It is full of poetry, and of idyllic charm with all its stately solemnity.

    Luca Signorelli

    Maud Cruttwell

British Dictionary definitions for idyllic


  1. of or relating to an idyll
  2. charming; picturesque
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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.

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