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idyll

[ahyd-l] /ˈaɪd l/
noun
1.
a poem or prose composition, usually describing pastoral scenes or events or any charmingly simple episode, appealing incident, or the like.
2.
a simple descriptive or narrative piece in verse or prose.
3.
material suitable for such a work.
4.
an episode or scene of idyllic charm.
5.
a brief or inconsequential romantic affair.
6.
Music. a composition, usually instrumental, of a pastoral or sentimental character.
Also, idyl.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin īdyllium < Greek eidýllion short pastoral poem, equivalent to eíd(os) form + -yllion diminutive suffix
Can be confused
idle, idol, idyll (see synonym study at idle)
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Examples for idyl
  • Needless to say, the pretty details of this little show-world idyl found their way into any number of gangster movies.
  • His story is a maturely conceived idyl, that captures the purity and candor of youthful desire.
  • It was a lovely summer day, and a poet could have written an idyl on the serene and calm beauty of the spot.
British Dictionary definitions for idyl

idyll

/ˈɪdɪl/
noun
1.
a poem or prose work describing an idealized rural life, pastoral scenes, etc
2.
any simple narrative or descriptive piece in poetry or prose
3.
a charming or picturesque scene or event
4.
a piece of music with a calm or pastoral character
Word Origin
C17: from Latin īdyllium, from Greek eidullion, from eidos shape, (literary) form
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Word Origin and History for idyl

idyll

n.

also idyl, c.1600, "picturesque pastoral poem," from Latin idyllium, from Greek eidyllion "short, descriptive poem, usually of rustic or pastoral type," literally "a little picture," diminutive of eidos "form" (see -oid).

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