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i·dyll

also i·dyl  (īd′l)
n.
1.
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.
3.
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 ?
Their life in its own way was an idyl, and it managed to achieve a singular beauty.
May I relate the idyl of your tragic passion, dear Dubois, as an object lesson?
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.
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.
I recently had occasion to look through John Greenleaf Whittier's 1866 poem, "Snow-Bound: A Winter Idyl," which was inspired by a days-long snowstorm hitting New England.
They've sold their company Idyl Hands and the game Cat Factory and now have a new US Boss Casey (Mary McCormack).
In the opening episode, friends Josh, Leon, Watto and Ewan are taking in the brilliant, slightly terrifying news that they've just sold their company Idyl Hands - and its hit creation, Cat Factory - for $300m.
Idyl, a company based in the south of France grows tomatoes, melons, Mediterranean fruit, vegetables and fresh cut herbs.
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.
it keeps us on our toes and away from him who would have us remain idyl in our relationship with the Lord.
The resolution of this question is properly what the theory of the idyl has to accomplish" (Schiller 359).
This is the western as the idyl of a Man's World, inarticulate and emotionally numb, where sex is taken care of by saloon girls who can meet men on their own terms and threaten no permanent engagement.