Definition of "icon" []

  • 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)
  • A representation of Christ, the Virgin Mary, or a saint, esp one painted in oil on a wooden panel, depicted in a traditional Byzantine style and venerated in the Eastern Church (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.

  • An image, picture, representation, etc (noun)
  • A person or thing regarded as a symbol of a belief, nation, community, or cultural movement (noun)
  • A person regarded as a sex symbol or as a symbol of the latest fashion trends (noun)
  • A pictorial representation of a facility available on a computer system, that enables the facility to be activated by means of a screen cursor rather than by a textual instruction (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

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)."