Definition of icon noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈaɪkɒn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaɪkɑːn//
    Artwork and techniques, The fashion world, Religious items, Using a computer
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  1. 1(computing) a small symbol on a computer or smartphone screen that represents a program or a file Click on the printer icon with the mouse. Tap the app icon on your phone to open it. Wordfindercopy, data, delete, file, folder, icon, menu, open, password, print See related entries: Using a computer
  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 (= somebody that feminists/gay people admire) See related entries: The fashion world
  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 related entries: Artwork and techniques, Religious items
  4. Word Originmid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘simile’): via Latin from Greek eikōn ‘likeness, image’. Current senses date from the mid 19th cent. onwards.Extra examples Did you click on the icon next to the name of the file? I dragged the icon into the recycle bin. Sandra has become a style icon, for the fashion world particularly. a feminist/​gay icon
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