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Word of the Day
Wednesday, October 24, 2001

Definitions for idyll

  1. A simple descriptive work, either in poetry or prose, dealing with simple, rustic life; pastoral scenes; and the like.
  2. A narrative poem treating an epic, romantic, or tragic theme.
  3. A lighthearted carefree episode or experience.

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Citations for idyll
Sheep are not the docile, pleasant creatures of the pastoral idyll. Any countryman will tell you that. They are sly, occasionally vicious, pathologically stupid. Joanne Harris, Chocolat
From too much looking back, he was destroyed, . . . trying to re-create an idyll that never truly existed except in his own imagination. Gore Vidal, The Essential Gore Vidal
Origin of idyll
Idyll ultimately derives from Greek eidullion, "a short descriptive poem (usually on pastoral subjects); an idyll," from eidos, "that which is seen; form; shape; figure." The adjective form is idyllic.