from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An image used as an object of worship.
- n. A false god.
- n. One that is adored, often blindly or excessively.
- n. Something visible but without substance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A graven image or representation of anything that is revered, or believed to convey spiritual power.
- n. A cultural icon, or especially popular person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An image or representation of anything.
- n. An image of a divinity; a representation or symbol of a deity or any other being or thing, made or used as an object of worship; a similitude of a false god.
- n. That on which the affections are strongly (often excessively) set; an object of passionate devotion; a person or thing greatly loved or adored.
- n. A false notion or conception; a fallacy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An image, effigy, figure, or likeness of anything.
- n. An image or similitude of a divinity; a representation or symbol of a deity made, consecrated, or used as an object of worship.
- n. Hence — A person on whom or a thing on which the affections are strongly set; any object of absorbing devotion other than God himself.
- n. A phantom or figment of the brain; a false or misleading notion or conception; an erroneous persuasion; a fallacy. See idolon.
- n. Bacon divided the fallacies or misconceptions that beset mankind into four classes:
- n. idols of the tribe (idola tribus), fallacies incident to humanity in general;
- n. idols of the den (idola specus), misapprehensions traceable to the peculiar mental or bodily constitution of the individual;
- n. idols of the market-place (idola fori), errors due to the influence of mere words or phrases;
- n. idols of the theatre (idola theatri), errors due to the prevalence of imperfect philosophic systems or misleading methods of demonstration.
- To worship; make an idol of; idolize.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept
- n. someone who is adored blindly and excessively
- n. a material effigy that is worshipped
Middle English, from Old French idole, from Late Latin īdōlum, from Greek eidōlon, phantom, idol, from eidos, form; see weid- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek εἴδωλον (eidōlon, "image, idol"), from εἶδος (eidos, "form"). (Wiktionary)