a poem or prose composition, usually describing pastoral scenes or events or any charmingly simple episode, appealing incident, or the like.
a simple descriptive or narrative piece in verse or prose.
material suitable for such a work.
an episode or scene of idyllic charm.
a brief or inconsequential romantic affair.
Music. a composition, usually instrumental, of a pastoral or sentimental character.
Also, idyl.

1595–1605; < Latin īdyllium < Greek eidýllion short pastoral poem, equivalent to eíd(os) form + -yllion diminutive suffix

idle, idol, idyll (see synonym study at idle). Unabridged
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idyll or sometimes (US) idyl (ˈɪdɪl)
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
[C17: from Latin īdyllium, from Greek eidullion, from eidos shape, (literary) form]
idyl or sometimes (US) idyl
[C17: from Latin īdyllium, from Greek eidullion, from eidos shape, (literary) form]

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, from L. idyllium, from Gk. eidyllion "short, descriptive poem of rustic or pastoral type," lit. "a little picture," dim. of eidos "form" (see -oid).
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Example sentences
But the appearance of a pastoral idyll conceals a poverty trap.
Until then, the movie has pretended to be a romantic idyll.
My first few years in that department were, if nothing else, an idyll.
There is no longer any pastoral idyll untouched by the speed of things.
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