American English

Definition of icon noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(computing) a small symbol on a computer screen that represents a program or a file Click on the printer icon with the mouse.
  2. 2a famous person or thing that people admire and see as a symbol of a particular idea, way of life, etc. Madonna and other pop icons of the 1980s a feminist/gay icon (= someone that feminists/gay people admire)
  3. 3(also ikon) (in the Orthodox Church) a painting or statue of a holy person that is also thought of as a holy object
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: icon