What does idol mean?

Definitions for idolˈaɪd l

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. idol, graven image, god(noun)

    a material effigy that is worshipped

    "thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image"; "money was his god"

  2. idol, matinee idol(noun)

    someone who is adored blindly and excessively

  3. paragon, idol, perfection, beau ideal(noun)

    an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept


  1. idol(Noun)

    A graven image or representation of anything that is revered, or believed to convey spiritual power.

  2. idol(Noun)

    A cultural icon, or especially popular person.

  3. Origin: From εἴδωλον, from εἶδος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Idol(noun)

    an image or representation of anything

  2. Idol(noun)

    an image of a divinity; a representation or symbol of a deity or any other being or thing, made or used as an object of worship; a similitude of a false god

  3. Idol(noun)

    that on which the affections are strongly (often excessively) set; an object of passionate devotion; a person or thing greatly loved or adored

  4. Idol(noun)

    a false notion or conception; a fallacy

  5. Origin: [OE. idole, F. idole, L. idolum, fr. Gr. , fr. that which is seen, the form, shape, figure, fr. to see. See Wit, and cf. Eidolon.]


  1. Idol

    Idol is a television show on the Polish television network Polsat, based on the popular British show Pop Idol. The show is a contest to determine the best young singer in Poland. It is hosted by Maciej Rock. In the show, people first audition but eventually the performers are narrowed down to 10 finalists, with each contestant performing live. There are four judges who provide critiques of each competitor's performance. Viewers have two hours following the broadcast of the show to vote via telephone and SMS for their favorite contestant. On the night's results episode, the contestant with the fewest votes is sent home. The winners of Idol were Alicja Janosz in season one, Krzysztof Zalewski in season two, Monika Brodka in season three & Maciek Silski in season four. Although never being officially cancelled, a fifth season has been delayed several times so far.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Idol

    ī′dul, n. a figure: an image of some object of worship: a person or thing too much loved or honoured: any phantom of the brain, or any false appearance by which men are led into error or prejudice which prevents impartial observation, a fallacy—also Idō′lon, Idō′lum:—pl. Idō′la—Bacon (Novum Organum, i. § 38) makes these four in number—Idols of the nation or tribe; Idols of the den or cave (fallacies due to personal causes); Idols of the forum (those due to the influence of words or phrases); Idols of the theatre (those due to misconceptions of philosophic system or demonstration).—v.t. I′dolīse, to make an idol of, for worship: to love to excess.—ns. Idolīs′er; I′dolism (Milt.), idolatrous worship; I′dolist (Milt.), an idolater; Idol′oclast, a breaker of images.—adj. Idolograph′ical, treating of idols. [O. Fr. idole—L. idolum—Gr. eidōloneidos, what is seen—idein, to see.]

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Anagrams for idol »

  1. lido

  2. diol

  3. olid

  4. Lodi

  5. OLDI


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of idol in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of idol in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Michal Neuvirth:

    He was my idol. I always wanted to be like him.

  2. Michelle Marie Lecza:

    American Idol is what I have based my life off of.

  3. Sir Arthur Eddington:

    Proof is the idol before whom the pure mathematician tortures himself.

  4. Frederick the Great:

    Religion is the idol of the mob it adores everything it does not understand.

  5. Rabindranath Tagore:

    Your idol is shattered in the dust to prove that God's dust is greater than your idol.

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