Idyll definition

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A short poem or prose work describing a simple, peaceful scene of rural or pastoral life.
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A narrative poem somewhat like a short epic.

Tennyson's “Idylls of the King”

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A scene or event of a simple and tranquil nature.
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(music) A simple, pastoral composition.
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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.

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A short poem or prose piece depicting a rural or pastoral scene, usually in idealized terms.
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A narrative poem treating an epic or romantic theme.
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A carefree episode or experience.

A summer idyll on the coast of France.

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A romantic interlude.
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A scene or incident suitable for such a work.
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Any poem or short written piece composed in the style of Theocritus's short pastoral poems, the Idylls.
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An episode or series of events or circumstances of pastoral or rural simplicity, fit for an idyll; a carefree or lighthearted experience.
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(music) A composition, usually instrumental, of a pastoral or sentimental character, e.g. Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
idyll
Plural:
idylls

Origin of idyll

  • Latin īdyllium from Greek eidullion diminutive of eidos form, figure weid- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Latin īdyllium, from Ancient Greek εἰδύλλιον (eidullion), from diminutive of εἶδος (eidos, “form, shape”).

    From Wiktionary