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/ˈaɪkɒn / (say 'uykon)

noun
1. Also, eikon, ikon. a picture, image, or other representation.
2. Also, eikon, ikon. Eastern Church a representation in painting, enamel, etc., of some sacred personage, as Christ or a saint or angel, itself venerated as sacred.
3. Also, eikon, ikon. a sign or representation which stands for its object by virtue of a resemblance or analogy to it.
4. a person who is seen by a community as being closest to an admired stereotype: *The song evokes memories of James Dean, Bob Dylan and other icons of cool to capture the feeling of romantic infatuation –aap news, 2000.
5. an artefact, practice, etc., which is associated with a particular way of life so strongly that it comes to be seen as a symbol of it: *Forget the Eiffel Tower or the Taj Mahal – for Americans the kangaroo is the most recognisable foreign tourist icon. –aap news, 2000.
6. Computers a picture on a video display unit screen representing an instruction or menu option.
{Latin, from Greek eikōn likeness, image}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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