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idyll Line breaks: idyll
Pronunciation: /ˈɪdɪl/

Definition of idyll in English:


1An extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque period or situation, typically an idealized or unsustainable one: the rural idyll remains strongly evocative in most industrialized societies
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  • It might be associations, such as memories of holidays, pastoral idylls, the peacefulness, the slower pace, or a whole imagined way of life.
  • The ‘quality of life index’ suggests the happiest Scots live in the Highlands where the rural idyll of low crime, a strong sense of community and good health remains largely intact.
  • Goth, however, was one style that did achieve some form of visibility - although you'll note that I say the late 1980s because, like most things, it took a few years to make its way out to our rural idyll.
perfect time, ideal time, wonderful time, moment of bliss, honeymoon;
literary Arcadia, Arcady, Erewhon
1.1A short description in verse or prose of a picturesque scene or incident, especially in rustic life.
Example sentences
  • If the first half of the novel is an idyll, the second half shifts to romance.
  • Patchett takes her time getting there, but by the climax of her story, you find yourself hoping that the idyll will - somehow, magically - last.
  • Clearly the poetry is more than music, idylls and dreams; I would argue that Hyde knows full well that language makes itself part of what it refers to.


Late 16th century (in the Latin form): from Latin idyllium, from Greek eidullion, diminutive of eidos 'form, picture'.

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