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



    BrE BrE//ˈaɪdl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaɪdl//
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  1. 1a person or thing that is loved and admired very much a pop/football/teen, etc. idol the idol of countless teenagers He has been my idol since I was a child. a fallen idol (= somebody who is no longer popular)
  2. 2a statue that is worshipped as a god
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French idole, from Latin idolum ‘image, form’ (used in ecclesiastical Latin in the sense ‘idol’), from Greek eidōlon, from eidos ‘form, shape’.Extra examples Many fallen idols blame anyone but themselves for their downfall. She is still my biggest idol. She’d always wanted to meet her idol. Superheroes are false idols. Teenagers made Dean their idol. The film made an idol of her. a matinee idol of a bygone era her screen idol, Marilyn Monroe kids trying to emulate their idols As a young man, he was a teen idol. She has been my idol since I was a child. There were stuffed animals on the bed and posters of pop idols on the walls.
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