Definitions for idyllˈaɪd l

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

i•dyllˈaɪd l(n.)

or i•dyl

  1. a poem or prose composition describing pastoral scenes or events or any charmingly simple episode or picturesque scene.

    Category: Literature

  2. material suitable for such a work.

  3. a long narrative poem on a major theme: Tennyson's Idylls of the King.

    Category: Literature

  4. an episode or scene of idyllic charm.

  5. a brief romantic affair.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of idyll:

1595–1605; < L īdyllium < Gk eidýllion short pastoral poem

Princeton's WordNet

  1. idyll(noun)

    an episode of such pastoral or romantic charm as to qualify as the subject of a poetic idyll

  2. pastorale, pastoral, idyll, idyl(noun)

    a musical composition that evokes rural life

  3. eclogue, bucolic, idyll, idyl(noun)

    a short poem descriptive of rural or pastoral life


  1. idyll(Noun)

    Any poem or short written piece composed in the style of Theocritus's short pastoral poems, the Idylls.

  2. idyll(Noun)

    An episode or series of events or circumstances of pastoral or rural simplicity, fit for an idyll; a carefree or lighthearted experience.

  3. idyll(Noun)

    A composition, usually instrumental, of a pastoral or sentimental character, e.g. Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner.

  4. Origin: From idyllium, from εἰδύλλιον, from diminutive of εἶδος.


  1. Idyll

    An idyll or idyl is a short poem, descriptive of rustic life, written in the style of Theocritus' short pastoral poems, the Idylls. Unlike Homer, Theocritus did not engage in heroes and warfare. His idylls are limited to a small intimate world, and describe scenes from everyday life. Later imitators include the Roman poets Virgil and Catullus, Italian poet Leopardi, and the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Goethe called his poem Hermann and Dorothea - which Schiller considered the very climax in Goethe's production - an idyll.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Idyll

    a poem in celebration of everyday life or life in everyday costume amid natural, often pastoral and even romantic, and at times tragic surroundings.

Anagrams of idyll

  1. dilly


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