Definition of idol in English:


Syllabification: i·dol
Pronunciation: /ˈīdl


1An image or representation of a god used as an object of worship.
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  • These were, we must remember, unbelieving Gentiles, worshipers of idols and knew very little of the Jewish religion.
  • In theological terms this led into seeing it as defined through the worship of God and idols.
  • Some of the children of Israel had begun to stray after the daughters of Moav and to worship their idols.
icon, representation of a god, image, effigy, statue, figure, figurine, fetish, totem;
1.1A person or thing that is greatly admired, loved, or revered: movie idol Robert Redford
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  • What friend, dignitary, hero, sports idol, movie star, etc. might we ask over to eat with us?
  • But he was also a keen footballer who admired his idols Manchester United and who enjoyed a kickabout with friends.
  • We change our tastes and opinions with the same blinding speed that TV can make you famous or the press turn on idols they once loved.
hero, heroine, star, superstar, icon, celebrity;
favorite, darling, pet, beloved
informal pinup, heartthrob, dreamboat, golden boy/girl, Adonis, Greek god


Middle English: from Old French idole, from Latin idolum 'image, form' (used in ecclesiastical Latin in the sense 'idol'), from Greek eidōlon, from eidos 'form, shape'.

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