Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a conventional religious painting in oil on a small wooden panel; venerated in the Eastern Church
  2. (noun, artifact) a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface
    a movie is a series of images projected so rapidly that the eye integrates them
  3. (noun, communication) (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

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Icon

ikon, image, picture

Origin of the word Icon

  1. 1572, "image, figure, representation," from L.L. icon, from Gk. eikon "likeness, image, portrait," related to eikenai "be like, look like." Eastern Church sense is attested from 1833. Computing sense first recorded 1982. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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