What does icon mean?

Definitions for iconˈaɪ kɒn

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word icon.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. icon(noun)

    (computer science) a graphic symbol (usually a simple picture) that denotes a program or a command or a data file or a concept in a graphical user interface

  2. picture, image, icon, ikon(noun)

    a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface

    "they showed us the pictures of their wedding"; "a movie is a series of images projected so rapidly that the eye integrates them"

  3. icon, ikon(noun)

    a conventional religious painting in oil on a small wooden panel; venerated in the Eastern Church


  1. icon(n.)

    a symbol, especially a symbol whose form suggests its meaning or the object it represents.

  2. icon(n.)

    (Computers) a graphical symbol for a data object whose form suggests the nature or function of the object; especially, such a symbol as viewed on the computer screen. In a graphical user interface, pointing to and clicking on an icon may cause any of several types of actions, such as opening a file or executing a program, depending on how the icon properties are defined.

  3. icon(n.)

    any object of uncritical devotion.

  4. icon(n.)

    an outstanding example of something which has come to represent the class of things to which it belongs; a paragon; used of persons as well as objects.

  5. icon(n.)

    (Gr. Ch.) A sacred picture representing the Virgin Mary, Christ, a saint, or a martyr, and having the same function as an image of such a person in the Latin Church. The term is used especially for a highly stylized and conventionalized representation of a holy person, rich in symbolism and used in devotional services in many of the eastern Orthodox churches, especially the Greek and Russian Orthodox Churches.

  6. Origin: [L., fr. Gr. e'ikw`n.]


  1. icon(Noun)

    An image, symbol, picture, or other representation usually as an object of religious devotion.

  2. icon(Noun)

    A religious painting, often done on wooden panels.

  3. icon(Noun)

    A person or thing that is the best example of a certain profession or some doing.

    That man is an icon in the business; he personifies loyalty and good business sense.

  4. icon(Noun)

    A small picture which represents something (such as an icon on a computer screen which when clicked performs some function.)

  5. icon(Noun)

    : A type of noun whereby the form reflects and is determined by the referent; onomatopoeic words are necessarily all icons. See also symbol and index.

  6. icon(Noun)

    Pictual representations of files, programs and folders on a computer.

  7. Origin: From icon, from (eikōn) "likeness, image, portrait". Eastern Orthodox Church sense is attested from 1833. Computing sense first recorded in 1982.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Icon(noun)

    an image or representation; a portrait or pretended portrait

  2. Origin: [L., fr. Gr. e'ikw`n.]


  1. Icon

    An icon is a religious work of art, most commonly a painting, from Eastern Christianity and in certain Eastern Catholic churches. More broadly the term is used in a wide number of contexts for an image, picture, or representation; it is a sign or likeness that stands for an object by signifying or representing it either concretely or by analogy, as in semiotics; by extension, icon is also used, particularly in modern culture, in the general sense of symbol — i.e. a name, face, picture, edifice or even a person readily recognized as having some well-known significance or embodying certain qualities: one thing, an image or depiction, that represents something else of greater significance through literal or figurative meaning, usually associated with religious, cultural, political, or economic standing. Throughout history, various religious cultures have been inspired or supplemented by concrete images, whether in two dimensions or three. The degree to which images are used or permitted, and their functions — whether they are for instruction or inspiration, treated as sacred objects of veneration or worship, or simply applied as ornament — depend upon the tenets of a given religion in a given place and time.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Icon

    ī′kon, n. a figure, esp. in the Greek Church, representing Christ, or a saint, in painting, mosaic, &c.—adj. Icon′ic.—n. Iconog′raphy, the art of illustration.—adj. Iconomat′ic, expressing ideas by means of pictured objects.—ns. Iconomat′icism; Iconoph′ilism, a taste for pictures, &c.; Iconoph′ilist, a connoisseur of pictures, &c.; Iconos′tasis, a wooden wall which in Byzantine churches separates the choir from the nave—the icons are placed on it. [L.,—Gr. eikōn, an image.]

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Anagrams for icon »

  1. cion

  2. Nico

  3. coin, COIN

  4. Coin


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of icon in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of icon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Danielle Kelly:

    It's the most recognizable icon in the world.

  2. Michael Dougherty:

    It's recognizable as an icon, and that's never going to change.

  3. Apo Aporosa:

    Kava is the dominant cultural icon for Pacifica people and the icon of identity for them.

  4. Carolyn Palmer:

    I not only wanted to portray the playful, animated and spontaneous Lucy, but also the glamorous Hollywood icon.

  5. Anuj Somany:

    People should first get the lid of own mind opened before accepting any person being mass propagated as an icon.

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