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icon +‎ -ic


  • IPA(key): /aɪˈkɒnɪk/
  • Rhymes: -ɒnɪk
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iconic (comparative more iconic, superlative most iconic)

  1. Relating to, or having the characteristics of, an icon.
  2. Famously and distinctively representative of its type.
    • 2012 April 29, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Treehouse of Horror III” (season 4, episode 5; originally aired 10/29/1992)”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name)[1]:
      In time The Simpsons would, indeed, resort to spoofing such decidedly non-spooktacular fare like E.T and Mr. And Mrs. Smith (both in “Treehouse Of Horror XVIII”) but in 1992 the field was wide-open and the show could cherry-pick the most iconic and beloved fright fare of all time.
    • 2020 August 12, Andrew Mourant, “The tide is turning for a Victorian wonder”, in Rail, page 50:
      "We did look at building a new bridge, but this is an iconic structure," says Network Rail Project Manager Michael Bryan.
  3. (linguistics) Representing something; symbolic.
    an iconic gesture in sign language