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icon  n.  (Also spelled ikon)  
An image or representation; a portrait or pretended portrait. "Netherlands whose names and icons are published."
(Gr. Ch.) A sacred picture representing the Virgin Mary, Christ, a saint, or a martyr, and having the same function as an image of such a person in the Latin Church. The term is used especially for a highly stylized and conventionalized representation of a holy person, rich in symbolism and used in devotional services in many of the eastern Orthodox churches, especially the Greek and Russian Orthodox Churches.
A symbol, especially a symbol whose form suggests its meaning or the object it represents.
(Computers) A graphical symbol for a data object whose form suggests the nature or function of the object; especially, such a symbol as viewed on the computer screen. Note: In a graphical user interface, pointing to and clicking on an icon may cause any of several types of actions, such as opening a file or executing a program, depending on how the icon properties are defined.
Any object of uncritical devotion. "The former congresswoman and Vice-Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro is still an icon to many party members."
An outstanding example of something which has come to represent the class of things to which it belongs; a paragon; used of persons as well as objects.

Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48

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