icon definition, meaning - what is icon in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “icon”

See all translations

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
(Definition of icon from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of icon?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “icon” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

force

physical, especially violent, strength, or power

Word of the Day

They sometimes go here and they never go there: using adverbs of frequency

by Liz Walter,
April 29, 2015
Sometimes, always, often, never: these are some of the most common words in English.  Unfortunately, they are also some of the words that cause the most problems for students. Many of my students put them in the wrong place, often because that’s where they go in their own languages. They say things

Read More 

e-juice noun

April 27, 2015
the liquid content in an e-cigarette, which includes nicotine and may be flavoured in various ways Contestants…suck on a modified vaper until they’ve filled their chest cavity with enough vaporised nicotine “e-juice” to shoot out a belch of white smoke upwards of 4ft long.

Read More