An idol in the shape of a golden calf.
An example of an idol is a rock that people pray to.
- an image of a god, used as an object or instrument of worship
- in monotheistic belief, any heathen deity
- any object of ardent or excessive devotion or admiration: a pop-music idol
- a false notion or idea that causes errors in thinking or reasoning
- Archaic anything that has no substance but can be seen, as an image in a mirror
- any image or effigy
- an impostor
Origin of idolMiddle English idole ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin idolum, an image, form, specter, apparition (in LL(Ec), idol) ; from Classical Greek eid?lon, an image, phantom (in LGr(Ec), idol) ; from eidos, form: see -oid
- a. An image used as an object of worship.b. A false god.
- One that is adored, often blindly or excessively.
Origin of idolMiddle English, from Old French idole, from Late Latin īdōlum, from Greek eidōlon, phantom, idol, from eidos, form; see weid- in Indo-European roots.
From Old French idole, from Ancient Greek εἴδωλον (eidōlon, “image, idol”), from εἶδος (eidos, “form”).