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See also: iĉon, Icon, and ICON


A religious icon
A GUI icon representing deleted items

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


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.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈaɪ.kən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈaɪ.kɑːn/
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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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From Ancient Greek εἰκών (eikṓn, likeness, image, portrait).



īcōn f (genitive īconis); third declension

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


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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