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Alternative forms

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


From Latin īcōn, 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.kɒn/, /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.
    Synonyms: idol, (pejorative) graven image
  2. (religion, especially Eastern Christianity) A type of religious painting portraying a saint or scene from Scripture, often done on wooden panels.
  3. (by extension) A person or thing that is the best example of a certain profession or some doing.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:exemplar, Thesaurus:model
  4. (graphical user interface) A small picture that represents something.
  5. (linguistics, semiotics) A word, character, or sign whose form reflects and is determined by the referent; onomatopoeic words are necessarily all icons.
    Coordinate terms: symbol, index.

Derived terms

  • aniconic, aniconism
  • iconism

Related terms

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


Further reading

  • icon on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • icon (computing) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia


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



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


  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈiː.koːn/, [ˈiːkoːn]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈi.kon/, [ˈiːkɔn]


īcōn f (genitive īconis); third declension

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


Third-declension noun.

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 with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 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[5], pre-publication website, 2005-2016

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