from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or having the character of an icon.
- adj. Having a conventional formulaic style. Used of certain memorial statues and busts.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Relating to, or having the characteristics of, an icon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to a portrait or likeness or to portraiture; of the nature of a portrait.
- Of, pertaining to, or resembling in any way an icon or sacred image, or the style of such image-paintings.
- In art, conventional: applied to such work as the statues of victorious athletes commonly dedicated to divinities in antiquity, or to memorial statues and portrait-busts executed after fixed models or types, as the busts of the sovereign set up in British courts of justice.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. relating to or having the characteristics on an icon
Brimming with both vagueness and import, the label "iconic" has been slapped on everything from fashion to corporate logos, public buildings to television characters.
Although the term iconic is increasingly used to mean simply prominent or attention-getting buildings, architectural icons embody specific messages.
The word iconic gets thrown around way too often, but in the case of the Jeep it qualifies.
I'm not taking away from what was achieved or the bravery displayed but the term iconic suggests somewhat modern images.
What must be said, though, is that in an age when the word "iconic" has become a synonym for "vaguely familiar if you're particularly interested in that sort of thing", teenage Reece Topley's start to the County Championship season is already only a couple of wickets short of being "totally unforgettable".
Late last week, Noonan made a rather personal attack on Obama for what she described as his iconic bow to the emperor of Japan.
Dressed in white, she wandered round the Acropolis "which surely defines the word 'iconic' ", revealed that this is "the largest ancient building created entirely from marble" and claimed that "from the White House to the Bank of England, its architecture had been slavishly copied".
Few labels are so recklessly applied as the word "iconic".
It has been pointed out on Comment is Free today that the word "iconic" should be confined to Russian and Greek... art and that is probably true.
But what makes it iconic is incompatible with our new game!