What is icon?

  • (noun): A conventional religious painting in oil on a small wooden panel; venerated in the Eastern Church.
    Synonyms: ikon
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An icon (from Greek εἰκών eikōn "image") is a religious work of art, most commonly a painting, from Eastern Christianity and in certain Eastern Catholic churches. More broadly the term is used in a wide number of contexts for an image, picture, or representation; it is a sign or likeness that stands for an object by signifying or representing it either concretely or by analogy, as in semiotics; by extension, icon is also used, particularly in modern culture, in the general sense of symbol — i.e. a name, face, picture, edifice or even a person readily recognized as having some well-known significance or embodying certain qualities: one thing, an image or depiction, that represents something else of greater significance through literal or figurative meaning, usually associated with religious, cultural, political, or economic standing.

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List Of Awards And Nominations Received By Siti Nurhaliza - Accolades From Media - Anugerah Radio24 BERNAMA (BERNAMA Radio24 Awards)
... presented five special awards for five special categories (Media Icon, Sports Icon, Governmental Agency/Department Icon, National Institution Icon and Entertainment Icon) ... Year Recipient Award Result 2012 Entertainment Icon Won ...
... Theotokos") or simply Trojeručica (Three-handed) is a famous wonderworking icon in the Serb Orthodox monastery of Hilandar on Mount Athos, Greece ... It is the most important icon of the Serbian Orthodox Church ... On the back of the icon is the painting of St Nicholas ...
Solo Icon
... Solo Icon, formerly Solo Idol, is a Solomon Islands yearly singing competition, established in 2006 but not part of the Idol franchise ... won Solo Idol 2008, and Jeddy Dyer was the winner in 2009 Solo Icon 2010 was won by Joshua Bshaller Pa'ahanua ... The competition was named "Solo Idol" from 2006 to 2008, but changed its name to "Solo Icon" in 2009 ...
Chalke - Icon of Christ Chalkites
... Above the main entrance of the Chalke, there stood an icon of Christ, the so-called Christ Chalkites ("Christ of the Chalke") ... The origins of the icon are obscure based on its mention in the Parastaseis, it may have existed by ca ... and marked the beginning of the official prohibition of icons in the Empire ...
Icon - Other Religious Traditions
... Moreover, Hindus have found it easier to focus on anthropmorphic icons, because Lord Krishna said in the Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 12, Verse 5, that it is much more difficult to focus on God as ...

More definitions of "icon":

  • (noun): (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.
  • (noun): A visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface.
    Synonyms: picture, image, ikon