Definitions for idyllˈaɪd l
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a poem or prose composition describing pastoral scenes or events or any charmingly simple episode or picturesque scene.
material suitable for such a work.
a long narrative poem on a major theme: Tennyson's Idylls of the King.
an episode or scene of idyllic charm.
a brief romantic affair.
Category: Common Vocabulary
Origin of idyll:
1595–1605; < L īdyllium < Gk eidýllion short pastoral poem
an episode of such pastoral or romantic charm as to qualify as the subject of a poetic idyll
pastorale, pastoral, idyll, idyl(noun)
a musical composition that evokes rural life
eclogue, bucolic, idyll, idyl(noun)
a short poem descriptive of rural or pastoral life
Any poem or short written piece composed in the style of Theocritus's short pastoral poems, the Idylls.
An episode or series of events or circumstances of pastoral or rural simplicity, fit for an idyll; a carefree or lighthearted experience.
A composition, usually instrumental, of a pastoral or sentimental character, e.g. Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner.
Origin: From idyllium, from εἰδύλλιον, from diminutive of εἶδος.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a poem in celebration of everyday life or life in everyday costume amid natural, often pastoral and even romantic, and at times tragic surroundings.