Meaning of “icon” in the English Dictionary

(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 famous person or thing that represents something of importance:

The US Capitol building is an American icon.

icon noun [ C ] (COMPUTER SYMBOL)

a picture on a computer screen 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 Jesus Christ or of a holy person

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 /ˈaɪkɒn/ us

IT a small picture or symbol on a computer screen that you click on to make the computer do something, for example open 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 of capitalism.

(Definition of “icon” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)