Icon meaning

īkŏn
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One who is the object of great attention and devotion; an idol.
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The definition of an icon is a graphic representation of something, a person or thing that is symbolic or is a noted figure.

An example of an icon is the "home" or "finder" icon on your computer.

An example of an icon is a beautiful celebrity who is the best example of the western ideal of beauty.

An example of an icon is a painting of Jesus Christ.

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Any person or thing that is revered.
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(computers) A picture on a screen that represents a specific file, directory, window, option, or program.
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A religious painting, often done on wooden panels.
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(1) See Icon language.
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A person or thing that is the best example of a certain profession or some doing.

That man is an icon in the business; he personifies loyalty and good business sense.

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(computers) A picture on a screen that represents a specific file, directory, window, option, or program.
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Pictual representations of files, programs and folders on a computer.
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(linguistics) A type of noun whereby the form reflects and is determined by the referent; onomatopoeic words are necessarily all icons. See also symbol and index.
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Someone or something regarded as embodying the essential characteristics of an era, group, etc.
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An important and enduring symbol.
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In a graphical user interface, a picture on the screen that represents a specific file, directory, window, or program. Clicking on an icon will start the associated program or open the associated file, directory, or window.
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One who is the object of great attention and devotion; an idol.
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An important and enduring symbol.
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A small picture which represents something (such as an icon on a computer screen which when clicked performs some function.)
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An image, symbol, picture, or other representation usually as an object of religious devotion.
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(eastern orthodox ch.) An image or picture of Jesus, Mary, a saint, etc., venerated as sacred; specif., such an image painted on a wooden panel.
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Origin of icon

  • Latin īcōn from Greek eikōn from eikenai to be like, seem

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin īcōn from Greek eikōn from eikenai to be like, seem

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin icon, from Ancient Greek εἰκών (eikōn, “likeness, image, portrait”). Eastern Orthodox Church sense is attested from 1833. Computing sense first recorded in 1982.

    From Wiktionary