from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or having the nature of an idyll.
  • adj. Simple and carefree: an idyllic vacation in a seashore cottage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to idylls.
  • adj. Extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque.
  • n. An idyllic state or situation. (A substantive use of the adjective)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or belonging to idyls.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or belonging to descriptive or pastoral poetry; having the form or sentiment of an idyl.
  • In sympathy with what is rural or pastoral; suitable for an idyl; fit to be related or described in an idyl: as, an idyllic custom; an idyllic experience.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. suggestive of an idyll; charmingly simple and serene
  • adj. excellent and delightful in all respects


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  • Young Rachel Kalama, growing up in idyllic Honolulu in the 1890s, is part of a big, loving Hawaiian family, and dreams of seeing the far-off lands that her father, a merchant seaman, often visits.

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  • ... examines love and betrayal in idyllic wine country in another minutely observed, finely paced exploration of domestic relationships.

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  • A Guardian blogger asks us to put the glamour aside for a minute and look at some “realities”: the writers of our great books didn’t do their work at cushy author residencies or out in idyllic cabins.

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