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English Online Dictionary. What means idol‎? What does idol mean?

  • idoll (obsolete)

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 aidoru, eidolon, idea, and idolum.

  • enPR: īʹd(ə)l
    • (UK, US, Canada) IPA(key): /ˈaɪ.dəl/, [ˈaɪ.dl̩]
    • (General Australian) IPA(key): /ˈɑɪ.dəl/, [ˈɑɪ.dl̩]
  • Rhymes: -aɪdəl
  • Homophones: idle, idyl(l) (US pronunciation)
  • Rhymes: -əʊl

idol (plural idols)

  1. A graven image or representation of anything that is revered, or believed to convey spiritual power.
  2. A cultural icon, or especially popular person.
  3. (Asia, originally Japan) A popular entertainer, usually young, captivating and attractive, and often female, with an image of being close to fans.
  4. (obsolete) An eidolon or phantom; something misleading or elusive.
  • (a celebrated person): icon, star, superstar
  • Japanese: アイドル
    • Chinese: 愛抖露爱抖露 (àidǒulù)
    • Chinese: 愛豆爱豆 (àidòu)
    • English: aidoru, idoru
  • Korean: 아이돌 (aidol)
  • Lodi, OLDI, diol, lido, loid, olid
  • Rhymes: -oːl

idol n (singular definite idolet, plural indefinite idoler)

  1. idol


  1. Alternative form of ydole

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

  • IPA(key): /ˈi.dɔl/
  • Rhymes: -idɔl
  • Syllabification: i‧dol

idol m pers (female equivalent idolka)

  1. idol (cultural icon, especially popular person)

idol m inan

  1. idol (representation of anything revered)
    Synonyms: bożek, bałwan
  • idol in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • idol in Polish dictionaries at PWN

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

idol m (plural idoli)

  1. idol
  2. pagan divinity
  3. (popular) demon
    Synonyms: demon, drac, diavol, aghiuță, naiba
  • idolatru
  • idolatrie
  • IPA(key): /ǐdoːl/
  • Hyphenation: i‧dol

ìdōl m (Cyrillic spelling ѝдо̄л)

  1. idol

idol c

  1. someone greatly admired (by someone), or the person someone admires the most; an idol
    Mark Knopfler är min idolMark Knopfler is my idol
  2. (rare, technical) a representation of a deity; an idol
    Synonym: avgud
  • idoldyrkan (celebrity worship)
  • idol in Svensk ordbok (SO)
  • idol in Svenska Akademiens ordlista (SAOL)
  • idol in Svenska Akademiens ordbok (SAOB)

From English idol.

idol m (plural idolau or idoliaid or idolon)

  1. idol
  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present), “idol”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies

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