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icon (representation)

Definition:

a visual representation (of an object, scene, person, or abstraction) produced on a surface

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Related to:

iconic

Plural:

icons

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

ikon | image | picture

Etymology:

also ikon, "image, figure, representation", from Late Latin icon, from Greek...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of icon...

Definition references  (+images)

Wiktionary:

icon | icons [plural] | ikons [plural] | eikon [sense-specific]

An image, symbol, picture, or other representation usually as an object of religious devotion. | A religious painting, often done on wooden panels. | A person or thing that is the best example of a certain profession or some doing. | A small picture... (41 of 102 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/icon

Collins Dictionary:

icon | icono- | before a vowel icon- | eikon | ikon [synonym, sense-specific]

a representation of Christ, the Virgin Mary, or a saint, especially one ... | an image, picture, representation, etc | a person or thing regarded as a ... (25 of 592 words, 6 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/icon

Merriam-Webster:

icon | ikon | image [synonym, sense-specific] | idol [synonym, sense-specific] | emblem [synonym, sense-specific] | symbol [synonym, sense-specific] | god [synonym, sense-specific] | hero [synonym, sense-specific] | nobody [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

a usually pictorial representation; "image" | a conventional religious image typically painted on a small wooden panel and used in the devotions of ... (22 of 203 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/icon

Wikipedia:

Ikon [disambiguation]

can mean: An alternate spelling of icon | Ikon Asean, a recent singing competition between Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines | Ikon (band), an Australian dark wave group | Ikôn, a portable electronic device from Psion Teklogix | "The Ikon", or... (37 of 148 words, 12 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Ikon

Oxford Dictionary:

icon | ikon

a devotional painting of Christ or another holy figure, typically executed ... | a person or thing regarded as a representative symbol or as worthy of ... (25 of 138 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/icon

American Heritage Dictionary:

icon | ikon [sense-specific]

also "ikon" | An image; a representation. | A representation or picture of a sacred or sanctified Christian personage, traditionally used and ... (20 of 112 words, 6 definitions, 4 usage examples)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/icon

Random House Dictionary:

icon | eikon [sense-specific] | ikon [sense-specific]

a picture, image, or other representation. | [Eastern church] a representation of some sacred personage, as Christ or a saint or angel, painted ... (22 of 105 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/icon

New World Dictionary:

icon | ikon

an image; figure; representation | any of various stylized figures, as displayed on a microcomputer screen, representing available functions or ... (19 of 82 words, 5 definitions)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/icon

Cambridge Dictionary:

icon [entry 3] | ikon

a painting, usually on wood, of Jesus Christ, or of a person considered holy by some Christians, especially in Russia, Greece and other countries (24 of 35 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/icon 3

Macmillan British Dictionary:

ikon

see icon [definition 3] (4 of 27 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ikon 1

Britannica Encyclopedia:

icon [religious art]

in Eastern Christian tradition, a representation of sacred personages or events in mural painting, mosaic, or wood. After the iconoclastic controversy ... (21 of 144 words, 2 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/281469​/icon

icon [literature]

in literature, a description of a person or thing, usually using a figure of speech. To semioticians, icons are signs, verbal or otherwise, with ... (24 of 56 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/281468​/icon

Columbia Encyclopedia:

icon

single image created as a focal point of religious veneration, especially a painted or carved portable object of the Orthodox Eastern faith. Icons ... (23 of 380 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/ent​/A​0824883​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

icon | icons [plural] | ikon [religion, sense-specific]

a holy picture, carving, or statue of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, or a ... | somebody or something widely and uncritically admired, especially ... (23 of 153 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861619909​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

icon

First use: 1570s

Origin: also ikon, "image, figure, representation", from Late Latin icon, from Greek eikon "likeness, image, portrait", related to ... (18 of 38 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=icon

New World Dictionary:

icon

Origin: Latin from Greek eikōn, an image, figure (in Late Greek, sacred image) from Indo-European base *weik-, to resemble derives Lithuanian ... (20 of 25 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/icon

Wiktionary:

icon | icons [plural]

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

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/icon

Oxford Dictionary:

icon | ikon

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: (in the sense "simile"): via Latin from Greek eikōn "likeness, image". Current senses date from the mid 19th century onwards

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/icon

Collins Dictionary:

icon | icono- | before a vowel icon-

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin, from Greek eikōn image, from eikenai to be like | from Greek: icon

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/icon

Merriam-Webster:

icon | ikon

First use: 1572

Origin: Latin, from Greek eikōn, from eikenai to resemble | Late Greek eikōn, from Greek

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/icon

American Heritage Dictionary:

icon

Origin: From Greek eikōn, from eikenai, to be like, seem.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/icon

Columbia Encyclopedia:

Encarta Dictionary:

icon | icons [plural]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: Latin from Greek eikōn "image"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861619909​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

icon | icons [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "icon"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/icon

Collins Dictionary:

icon | icono- | before a vowel icon-

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "icon"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/icon

ikon

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ikon"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ikon

Macmillan British Dictionary:

icon [countable] | icons [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "icon"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/icon

ikon

Audio: British English pronunciation of "ikon"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ikon 1

Macmillan American Dictionary:

icon [countable] | icons [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "icon"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/icon

ikon

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ikon"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/ikon 1

Cambridge Dictionary:

icon [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "icon"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "icon"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/icon 1

the Free Dictionary:

icon

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "icon"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "icon"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/icon

ikon

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "ikon"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "ikon"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "ikon" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/ikon

Google Dictionary:

icon | icons [plural] | ikons [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "icon"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=icon

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

icon

Audio: North American pronunciation of "icon"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=icon​0001 word=icon

YourDictionary Audio:

icon

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "icon"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/icon

ikon

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ikon" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ikon

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