idol

idol

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English

Alternative forms

  • idoll (obsolete)

Etymology

From Middle English ydole, from Old French idole, from Latin idolum, from Ancient Greek εἴδωλον (eídōlon, image, idol), from εἶδος (eîdos, form), from Proto-Indo-European *wéydos (seeing, image), from *weyd- (to see). Doublet of eidolon and idolum.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: īʹd(ə)l, IPA(key): /ˈaɪd(ə)l/
  • Rhymes: -aɪdəl
  • Homophones: idle, idyl(l) (US pronunciation)

Noun

idol (plural idols)

  1. A graven image or representation of anything that is revered, or believed to convey spiritual power.
    • 1911 The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God, J. Milton Hayes:
      There's a one-eyed yellow idol to the north of Kathmandu, There's a little marble cross below the town; There's a broken-hearted woman tends the grave of Mad Carew, And the Yellow God forever gazes down.
  2. A cultural icon, or especially popular person.
  3. (Asia, originally Japan) Popular entertainer; usually young, captivating, attractive; and often female, with an image of being close to fans.
    • '26 January 2016, Mariko Oi, The dark side of Asia’s pop music industry - BBC News
  4. (obsolete) An eidolon or phantom; something misleading or elusive.

Synonyms

  • (a worshipped representation): afgod (obsolete)
  • (a celebrated person): icon, star, superstar

Derived terms

  • idolatry
  • idolise, idolize

Descendants

  • Japanese: アイドル (aidoru)

Translations

Anagrams

  • Lodi, OLDI, diol, lido, loid, olid

Danish

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -oːl

Noun

idol n (singular definite idolet, plural indefinite idoler)

  1. idol

Inflection


Middle English

Noun

idol

  1. Alternative form of ydole

Polish

Etymology

From French idole, from Latin īdōlum, from Ancient Greek εἴδωλον (eídōlon, image; idol), from εἶδος (eîdos, form).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈi.dɔl/

Noun

idol m pers (feminine idolka)

  1. idol (cultural icon, especially popular person)

Declension

Noun

idol m inan

  1. idol (representation of anything revered)
    Synonyms: bożek, bałwan

Declension

Further reading

  • idol in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • idol in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Romanian

Etymology

From Greek είδωλο (eídolo), partially through the intermediate of Old Church Slavonic идолъ (idolŭ). Compare Aromanian idul, Serbo-Croatian idol.

Noun

idol m (plural idoli)

  1. idol
  2. pagan divinity
  3. (popular) demon

Synonyms

  • (demon): demon, drac, diavol, aghiuță, naiba

Related terms

  • idolatru
  • idolatrie

Serbo-Croatian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ǐdoːl/
  • Hyphenation: i‧dol

Noun

ìdōl m (Cyrillic spelling ѝдо̄л)

  1. idol

Declension

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