- An image, picture, or other representation.
- A religious painting, often done on wooden panels.
- A person or thing that is the best example of a certain profession or some doing.
Etymology: From Latin, icon < Ancient Greek (polytonic, á) (eikÅn) "likeness, image, portrait". Eastern Orthodox Church sense is attested from 1833. Computing sense first recorded in 1982.
- That man is an in the business; he personifies loyalty and good business sense.
- A small picture which represents something (such as an icon on a computer screen which when clicked performs some function.)
- (linguistics): A type of noun whereby the form reflects and is determined by the referent; onomatopoetic words are necessarily all icons. See also symbol and index.
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