- The definition of an idol is a false god or an object that is adored or worshipped.
An example of an idol is a rock that people pray to.
An idol in the shape of a golden calf.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- 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 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: Middle English idole from Old French from Classical Latin idolum, an image, form, specter, apparition (in LL(Ec), idol) from Glassical Greek eidōlon, an image, phantom (in LGr(Ec), idol) from eidos, form: see -oid
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- a. An image used as an object of worship.b. A false god.
- One that is adored, often blindly or excessively.
- Something visible but without substance.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French idole, from Late Latin īdōlum, from Greek eidōlon, phantom, idol, from eidos, form; see weid- in Indo-European roots.