icon

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See also: iĉon, Icon, and ICON

English[edit]

A religious icon
A GUI icon representing deleted items

Alternative forms[edit]

  • eikon, ikon (only in sense of religious image)

Etymology[edit]

From Latin īcōn, from Ancient Greek εἰκών (eikṓn, likeness, image, portrait). Eastern Orthodox Church sense is attested from 1833. Computing sense first recorded in 1982.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈaɪ.kən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈaɪ.kɑːn/
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Noun[edit]

icon (plural icons)

  1. An image, symbol, picture, or other representation usually as an object of religious devotion.
    Synonyms: idol, graven image (pejorative)
  2. (religion, especially Eastern Christianity) A type of religious painting portraying a saint or scene from Scripture, often done on wooden panels.
  3. (by extension) A person or thing that is the best example of a certain profession or some doing.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:exemplar, Thesaurus:model
    That man is an icon in the business; he personifies loyalty and good business sense.
  4. (graphical user interface) A small picture that represents something (such as an icon on a computer screen which when clicked performs some function.)
  5. (linguistics) A word, character, or sign whose form reflects and is determined by the referent; onomatopoeic words are necessarily all icons.
    Coordinate terms: symbol, index.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek εἰκών (eikṓn, likeness, image, portrait).

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Noun[edit]

īcōn f (genitive īconis); third declension

  1. an image
  2. (later Latin): icon (religious painting)

Declension[edit]

Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative īcōn īconēs
Genitive īconis īconum
Dative īconī īconibus
Accusative īconem īconēs
Ablative īcone īconibus
Vocative īcōn īconēs

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