idyll


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idyll

narrative poem; carefree experience: Their affair was simply a romantic idyll.
Not to be confused with:
idle – not in use; unemployed; inactive: The lifeguard was idle during the winter months.
idol – object of worship; a person blindly adored: The rock star was an idol to many teenagers.

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.]

idyll

(ˈɪdɪl) or

idyl

n
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]

i•dyll

or i•dyl

(ˈaɪd l)

n.
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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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 lifeidyll - 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"
3.idyll - a short poem descriptive of rural or pastoral life
pastoral - a literary work idealizing the rural life (especially the life of shepherds)

idyll

noun heaven, ideal, paradise, Eden, Utopia, perfect place, Garden of Eden, Shangri-la, Happy Valley, seventh heaven, Erewhon This town was not the rural idyll she had imagined.
Translations
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idila

idyll

[ˈɪdɪl] Nidilio m

idyll

[ˈɪdəl] idyl (US) n
(= romance) → idylle f
Though they still talked a lot, Harry felt that their idyll was drawing to an end → Ils se parlaient toujours beaucoup mais Harry sentait bien que leur idylle touchait à sa fin.
(= idealized place) a rural idyll → une idylle bucolique

idyll

n
(Liter) → Idylle f
(fig)Idyll nt

idyll

[ˈɪdɪl] nidillio
References in classic literature ?
An occasional fireman passed, watching over their melancholy idyll from afar.
"Our little idyll," he said, "seems to be the sport and buffet of every one.
It swallowed up the delicious idyll in a boat and the mutilated immortality of famous bas-reliefs.
"Du lait, de l'herbe fraiche"--the idyll, the ideal of the Parisian bourgeois--his whole outlook upon "la nature et la verite"!
The Arthur of the Idylls is not the Arthur of The Mabinogion nor of Malory.
Idylls of the King, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, (Macmillan).
That is from one of those half-Greek, half-English idylls, reminding one of Frederick Walker's "Ploughman," of Mason's "Evening Hymn," in which Mr.
"My love," he said, shaking his head as she looked beseechingly at him, "I have too much Manchester cotton in my constitution for long idylls. And the truth is, that the first condition of work with me is your absence.
The largest of all his single achievements was the famous series of 'Idylls of the King,' which formed a part of his occupation for many years.
He knew this because he had had the passage to write out one hundred and fifty times at school, on the occasion of his being caught smoking by one of the faculty who happened to be a passionate admirer of the 'Idylls of the King'.
Late in May he read the finished poem to Emily, who found it, as she records in her Journal, "very grand and terrible." (9) In a complete departure from his usual procedure, Tennyson then published the Idyll alone in Contemporary Review (December, 1871).
RURAL IDYLL: The water mill at Wellesbourne, which will reopen after a major refurbishment