icon
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈaɪ.kən/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈaɪ.kɑːn/
Noun

icon (plural icons)

  1. An image, symbol, picture, or other representation usually as an object of religious devotion.
  2. (religion, especially, Eastern Christianity) A type of religious painting portraying a saint or scene from Scripture, often done on wooden panels.
  3. A person or thing that is the best example of a certain profession or some doing.
    That man is an icon in the business; he personifies loyalty and good business sense.
  4. (computing) A small picture that represents something (such as an icon on a computer screen which when clicked performs some function.)
  5. (linguistics) A word, character, or sign whose form reflects and is determined by the referent; onomatopoeic words are necessarily all icons. See also symbol and index.
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