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also 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 Indo-European roots.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.idyl - a musical composition that evokes rural lifeidyl - a musical composition that evokes rural life
musical composition, opus, piece of music, composition, piece - a musical work that has been created; "the composition is written in four movements"
2.idyl - a short poem descriptive of rural or pastoral life
pastoral - a literary work idealizing the rural life (especially the life of shepherds)
References in classic literature ?
May I relate the idyl of your tragic passion, dear Dubois, as an object lesson?
The pairing of the birds is an idyl, not tedious as our idyls are; a tempest is a rough ode, without falsehood or rant; a summer, with its harvest sown, reaped, and stored, is an epic song, subordinating how many admirably executed parts.
Their life in its own way was an idyl, and it managed to achieve a singular beauty.
He made a delicate idyl of it: the sunshine and the sea gave it passion and magic, and the stars added poetry, and the old vicarage garden was a fit and exquisite setting.
Featured panelists include Aliya Lee Kong, Culinary entrepreneur ; Idyl & Ayaan Mohallim, of Mataano, Matthew Burnett, of Maker's Row, Navin Thukkaram, serial entrepreneur and investor, and Miguel McKelvey of WeWork.
Unlike Deverell in "A Modern Idyl," however, Rossetti resists for the most part the urge to preach, allowing us instead to reach that conclusion for ourselves.
3) One of the first scholars to challenge the Old South plantation myth was Gaines: "The plantation romance remains our chief social idyl of the past," he wrote, a picture that contrasted with the workaday modern life.
Larcom's romanticism--namely, scenes from An Idyl of Work of young women sitting alongside the Merrimack and discussing their own labour as a reflection of divine labour (1875, 173)--was an effort to create a meaningful interpretation of the unrelieved repetition of mill work.
When the child outgrows the popular idyl of the mother breast and turns to face the world of specialized adult action, it passes, spiritually, into the sphere of the father--who becomes, for his son, the sign of the future task, and for his daughter, of the future husband.
As with the The Sorceress, the audiences for An Idyl came largely by invitation and included the parents and friends of Herkomer Art School students, local residents, and Herkomer's considerable range of friends in London society and the arts.
One piece was Edward MacDowell's "Indian Idyl" from New England Idyls, Op.
To impress the neighbours, Neil suggests including the latest gadget, an iDyl server - a media centre connected to the internet, which stores CDs and plays DVDs.