[syn: icon, ikon]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
icon \i"con\ ([imac]"k[o^]n), n. [Also spelled ikon.] [L., fr.
1. An image or representation; a portrait or pretended
Netherlands whose names and icons are published.
2. (Gr. Ch.) A sacred picture representing the Virgin Mary,
Christ, a saint, or a martyr, and having the same function
as an image of such a person in the Latin Church. The term
is used especially for a highly stylized and
conventionalized representation of a holy person, rich in
symbolism and used in devotional services in many of the
eastern Orthodox churches, especially the Greek and
Russian Orthodox Churches.
[Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]
3. a symbol, especially a symbol whose form suggests its
meaning or the object it represents.
4. (Computers) a graphical symbol for a data object whose
form suggests the nature or function of the object;
especially, such a symbol as viewed on the computer
Note: In a graphical user interface, pointing to and clicking
on an icon may cause any of several types of actions,
such as opening a file or executing a program,
depending on how the icon properties are defined.
5. any object of uncritical devotion.
The former congresswoman and Vice-Presidential
candidate Geraldine Ferraro is still an icon to many
party members. --The New York
6. an outstanding example of something which has come to
represent the class of things to which it belongs; a
paragon; used of persons as well as objects.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or
abstraction) produced on a surface; "they showed us the
pictures of their wedding"; "a movie is a series of images
projected so rapidly that the eye integrates them" [syn:
picture, image, icon, ikon]
2: a conventional religious painting in oil on a small wooden
panel; venerated in the Eastern Church [syn: icon, ikon]