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English definition of “icon”

icon

noun [C] uk   /ˈaɪ.kɒn/ us    /-kɑːn/

icon noun [C] (COMPUTER SYMBOL)

B2 a small picture or symbol on a computer screen that you point to and click on (= press) with a mouse to give the computer an instruction

icon noun [C] (FAMOUS PERSON/THING)

B2 a very famous person or thing considered as representing a set of beliefs or a way of life: Beckham has been one of the country's best-loved sporting icons.

icon noun [C] (HOLY PAINTING)

(also ikon) a painting, usually on wood, of Jesus Christ, or of a person considered holy by some Christians, especially in Russia and Greece
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