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Meaning of “icon” in the English Dictionary

"icon" in British English

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iconnoun [C]

uk   /ˈaɪ.kɒn/  us   /-kɑːn/

icon noun [C] (COMPUTER SYMBOL)

B2 a ​smallpicture or ​symbol on a ​computerscreen 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 ​famousperson 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 ​JesusChrist, or of a ​personconsideredholy by some Christians, ​especially in Russia and Greece
(Definition of icon from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"icon" in American English

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iconnoun [C]

 us   /ˈɑɪ·kɑn/

icon noun [C] (REPRESENTATION)

a ​famousperson or thing that ​represents something of ​importance: The US ​Capitolbuilding is an American icon.

icon noun [C] (COMPUTER SYMBOL)

a ​picture on a ​computerscreen that ​represents a ​program, disk drive , ​file, or ​instruction: Click on the icon to ​open the ​program.

icon noun [C] (HOLY PAINTING)

a ​painting of ​JesusChrist or of a ​holyperson Note: Used esp. in some Christian religions.
(Definition of icon from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"icon" in Business English

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iconnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈaɪkɒn/
IT a ​smallpicture or ​symbol on a ​computerscreen that you ​click on to make the ​computer do something, for ​exampleopen a ​file, ​start a ​program, or ​save a ​document: When you've ​finished, ​click the Menu icon and the Exit ​button.
a very famous ​person or thing that is used by ​society to ​represent a set of beliefs or a way of ​life: The American ​company has become a ​global superbrand, an icon ofcapitalism. a brand/​fashion/​cultural icon
(Definition of icon from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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