Etymology
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icon (n.)

also ikon, 1570s, "image, figure, picture," also "statue," from Late Latin icon, from Greek eikon "likeness, image, portrait; image in a mirror; a semblance, phantom image;" in philosophy, "an image in the mind," related to eikenai "be like, look like," which is of uncertain origin. The specific Eastern Church sense is attested from 1833 in English. Computing sense first recorded 1982.

updated on October 14, 2017

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Definitions of icon from WordNet

icon (n.)
(computer science) a graphic symbol (usually a simple picture) that denotes a program or a command or a data file or a concept in a graphical user interface;
icon (n.)
a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface;
Synonyms: picture / image / ikon
icon (n.)
a conventional religious painting in oil on a small wooden panel; venerated in the Eastern Church;
Synonyms: ikon
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