• enPR: īʹd(ə)l, IPA: /ˈaɪd(ə)l/

idol (plural idols)

  1. A graven image or representation of anything that is revered, or believed to convey spiritual power.
    • 1911 The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God, J. Milton Hayes:
      There's a one-eyed yellow idol to the north of Kathmandu, There's a little marble cross below the town; There's a broken-hearted woman tends the grave of Mad Carew, And the Yellow God forever gazes down.
  2. A cultural icon, or especially popular person.
  3. (Asia, originally, Japan) Popular entertainer; usually young, captivating, attractive; and often female, with an image of being close to fans.
  4. (obsolete) An eidolon or phantom; something misleading or elusive.
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