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[ahy-kon-ik] /aɪˈkɒn ɪk/
of, relating to, or characteristic of an icon.
Art. (of statues, portraits, etc.) executed according to a convention or tradition.
Origin of iconic
1650-60; < Latin īconicus < Greek eikonikós, equivalent to eikon- (stem of eikṓn) icon + -ikos -ic
Related forms
iconically, adverb
[ahy-kuh-nis-i-tee] /ˌaɪ kəˈnɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for iconic
  • Forty years on, she is more than emblematic, she is iconic.
  • Reading it undermines the iconic idea of it as a univocal, divinely authored book and our desire to attach to it as such.
  • Her iconic loaf is dense, white and crumbling, studded with raisins and caraway seeds.
  • Lately, though, the status of the iconic animal has been up for debate.
  • So it's sort of amazing that one of the iconic national places to visit has such a mysterious prehistory.
  • Forward-thinking companies are starting to figure out ways to convert their logos from iconic symbols to tools of engagement.
  • For an iconic brand with affluent customers, volatility on this scale does not do nicely.
  • Other giants in the tech industry have seen their fortunes fade after iconic leaders have departed.
  • It is not easy to live down an iconic early performance.
  • The iconic mane of a lion has always been a mystery to biologists.
British Dictionary definitions for iconic


relating to, resembling, or having the character of an icon
(of memorial sculptures, esp those depicting athletes of ancient Greece) having a fixed conventional style
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for iconic

1650s, from Late Latin iconicus, from Greek eikonikos "pertaining to an image," from eikon (see icon).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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