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icon (plural icons)
- An image, symbol, picture, or other representation usually as an object of religious devotion.
- (religion, especially Eastern Christianity) A type of religious painting portraying a saint or scene from Scripture, often done on wooden panels.
- (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.
- 1981 May 31, Robert Palmer, “Two Icons of Rock Music”, in The New York Times, ISSN 0362-4331:
- Only a handful of rock musicians have become genuine icons - larger-than-life symbolic figures whose personal triumphs and vicissitudes seem to mirror the ups and downs of rock as a whole, and sometimes of the society that nurtures it. Often, rock icons become the objects of personality cults that tend to overshadow their musical accomplishments.
- (graphical user interface) A small picture that represents something.
- Click the loudspeaker icon to configure audio settings.
- 1985 September 15, Erik Snadberg-Diment, “Number Crunching on the Macintosh”, in The New York Times, ISSN 0362-4331:
- The program's most quintessentially Macintoshian feature, one as yet unique among spreadsheets, is its icon bar, which resides at the top of the screen just below the standard menu bar. It contains 21 icons, each of which allows the user to perform a specified function with but a few clicks of the mouse.
- (linguistics, semiotics) A word, character, or sign whose form reflects and is determined by the referent; onomatopoeic words are necessarily all icons.
small picture, computer icon
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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 with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 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, pre-publication website, 2005-2016