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English definition of “idol”

idol

noun [C]     /ˈaɪ.dəl/
C1 someone who is admired and respected very much: a pop/sporting idol The Hollywood film idols of the 1940s were glamorous figures, adored by millions.Heroes and cowards C2 a picture or object that people pray to as part of their religion: The ancient people of this area worshipped a huge bronze idol in the shape of an elephant.Religious objects
(Definition of idol noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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