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i·con (i·kon)

icon (ikon)

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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an image, representation, or symbol.
The Byzantine emperor banned the veneration of religious icons, images of deities or other religious figures, in the eighth century.The chrysanthemum is an icon of Imperial Japan.
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image, likeness, representation
definition 2: a visual representation of a deity or sacred personage which is itself regarded as sacred, esp. in certain churches, such as the Russian Orthodox.
The woman finished her prayer and kissed the icon.
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definition 3: a person or thing that is considered a clear symbol or representative of something and is the object of reverence or high esteem.
Einstein is an icon of twentieth-century physics.Elvis Presley is a rock 'n' roll icon.
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definition 4: in computing, any of the small pictorial symbols on a computer display that represent documents, folders, programs, and the like.
Clicking on the icon that resembles an envelope will start your e-mail program.
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derivations: iconic (adj.), iconical (adj.), iconically (adv.)
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