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


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



icon (plural icons)

A religious icon
  1. An image, symbol, picture, or other representation usually as an object of religious devotion.
  2. (religion, especially Eastern Christianity) A type of religious painting portraying a saint or scene from Scripture, often done on wooden panels.
  3. A person or thing that is the best example of a certain profession or some doing.
    That man is an icon in the business; he personifies loyalty and good business sense.
  4. A small picture which represents something (such as an icon on a computer screen which when clicked performs some function.)
  5. (linguistics) A type of noun whereby the form reflects and is determined by the referent; onomatopoeic words are necessarily all icons. See also symbol and index.
  6. Pictual representations of files, programs and folders on a computer.

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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.

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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  • icon in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • icon in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • icon in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • icon in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[1], pre-publication website, 2005-2016