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idol

noun [C] uk   /ˈaɪ.dəl/ us  
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. 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.
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