Definition of "icon" [i•con]

  • An image; a representation. (noun)
  • A representation or picture of a sacred or sanctified Christian personage, traditionally used and venerated in the Eastern Church. (noun)
  • An important and enduring symbol: "Voyager will take its place ... alongside such icons of airborne adventure as The Spirit of St. Louis and [the] Bell X-1” ( William D. Marbach). (noun)
  • One who is the object of great attention and devotion; an idol: "He is ... a pop icon designed and manufactured for the video generation” ( Harry F. Waters). (noun)
  • Computer Science A picture on a screen that represents a specific file, directory, window, option, or program. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "icon" in a sentence
  • "Tonight while listening to many showing their respect for this premier journalist; I heard the term icon and he was more than an icon."
  • "I thought you should know. your blog no longer loads the title icon or sidebar in Safari 1.0.3 on my Mac running OS X 10.2.8."
  • "I set the Windows 'make text larger/smaller' zoom to Medium (125%) and found that now half the Ribbon panels do not display the commands, just the title icon, no matter how wide I make the Ribbon (I have it docked vertically on the left)."