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”).