- The definition of an idyll is a short story or poem about simple or rural life.
An example of an idyll is Hermann and Dorothea by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
- a short poem or prose work describing a simple, peaceful scene of rural or pastoral life
- a scene or incident suitable for such a work
- a narrative poem somewhat like a short epic: Tennyson's “Idylls of the King”
- Music a simple, pastoral composition
Origin: L idyllium from Glassical Greek eidyllion, diminutive of eidos, a form, figure, image: see -oid
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- a. A short poem or prose piece depicting a rural or pastoral scene, usually in idealized terms.b. A narrative poem treating an epic or romantic theme.
- A scene or event of a simple and tranquil nature.
- a. A carefree episode or experience: a summer idyll on the coast of France.b. A romantic interlude.
Origin: Latin īdyllium, from Greek eidullion, diminutive of eidos, form, figure; see weid- in Indo-European roots.