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Definition of icon

i´con   Pronunciation: ī´kǒn
n.1.An image or representation; a portrait or pretended portrait.
Netherlands whose names and icons are published.
- Hakewill.
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.
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 screen.
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 Times, April 16, 1998
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.

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