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i·dyllalso i·dyl (īd′l)
a. A short poem or prose piece depicting a rural or pastoral scene, usually in idealized terms.
b. A narrative poem treating an epic or romantic theme.
2. A scene or event of a simple and tranquil nature.
a. A carefree episode or experience: a summer idyll on the coast of France.
b. A romantic interlude.
[Latin īdyllium, from Greek eidullion, diminutive of eidos, form, figure; see weid- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a poem or prose work describing an idealized rural life, pastoral scenes, etc
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) any simple narrative or descriptive piece in poetry or prose
3. a charming or picturesque scene or event
4. (Classical Music) a piece of music with a calm or pastoral character
[C17: from Latin īdyllium, from Greek eidullion, from eidos shape, (literary) form]
or i•dyl(ˈaɪd l)
1. a poem or prose composition describing pastoral scenes or events or any charmingly simple episode or picturesque scene.
2. material suitable for such a work.
3. a long narrative poem on a major theme: Tennyson's Idylls of the King.
4. an episode or scene of idyllic charm.
5. a brief romantic affair.
[1595–1605; < Latin īdyllium < Greek eidýllion short pastoral poem]
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|Noun||1.||idyll - an episode of such pastoral or romantic charm as to qualify as the subject of a poetic idyll|
episode - a happening that is distinctive in a series of related events
|2.||idyll - a musical composition that evokes rural life|
|3.||idyll - a short poem descriptive of rural or pastoral life|
pastoral - a literary work idealizing the rural life (especially the life of shepherds)