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Alternative forms

  • eikon, ikon (only in sense of religious image)


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


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈaɪ.kən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈaɪ.kɑːn/


icon (plural icons)

  1. An image, symbol, picture, or other representation usually as an object of religious devotion.
  2. (religion, especially Eastern Christianity) A type of religious painting portraying a saint or scene from Scripture, often done on wooden panels.
  3. 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.
  4. (computing) A small picture that represents something (such as an icon on a computer screen which when clicked performs some function.)
  5. (linguistics) A word, character, or sign whose form reflects and is determined by the referent; onomatopoeic words are necessarily all icons. See also symbol and index.


  • (worshipped image): idol, graven image (pejorative)
  • (exemplar): See Thesaurus:exemplar and Thesaurus:model

Derived terms

  • aniconic, aniconism
  • iconism

Related terms

  • iconic
  • iconoclasm, iconoclast, iconoclastic
  • iconify
  • iconography
  • iconstasis



  • COIN, Coin, Nico, cion, coin, coni



From Ancient Greek εἰκών (eikṓn, likeness, image, portrait).


  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈiː.koːn/


īcōn f (genitive īconis); third declension

  1. an image
  2. (later Latin): icon (religious painting)


Third declension.

Related terms

  • īconicus
  • īconismus


  • icon in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • icon in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • icon in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • icon in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[1], pre-publication website, 2005-2016

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