from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A short poem or prose piece depicting a rural or pastoral scene, usually in idealized terms.
- n. A narrative poem treating an epic or romantic theme.
- n. A scene or event of a simple and tranquil nature.
- n. A carefree episode or experience: a summer idyll on the coast of France.
- n. A romantic interlude.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any poem or short written piece composed in the style of Theocritus's short pastoral poems, the Idylls.
- n. An episode or series of events or circumstances of pastoral or rural simplicity, fit for an idyll; a carefree or lighthearted experience.
- n. A composition, usually instrumental, of a pastoral or sentimental character, e.g. Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an episode of such pastoral or romantic charm as to qualify as the subject of a poetic idyll
- n. a musical composition that evokes rural life
- n. a short poem descriptive of rural or pastoral life
Latin īdyllium, from Greek eidullion, diminutive of eidos, form, figure.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin īdyllium, from Ancient Greek εἰδύλλιον (eidullion), from diminutive of εἶδος (eidos, "form, shape"). (Wiktionary)