Definition of Idyll

1. Noun. An episode of such pastoral or romantic charm as to qualify as the subject of a poetic idyll.

Generic synonyms: Episode
Derivative terms: Idyllic, Idyllic



2. Noun. A musical composition that evokes rural life.
Exact synonyms: Idyl, Pastoral, Pastorale
Generic synonyms: Composition, Musical Composition, Opus, Piece, Piece Of Music
Derivative terms: Pastoral

3. Noun. A short poem descriptive of rural or pastoral life.
Exact synonyms: Bucolic, Eclogue, Idyl
Generic synonyms: Pastoral

Definition of Idyll

1. Noun. Any poem or short written piece composed in the style of Theocritus's short pastoral poems, the ''Idylls''. ¹

2. Noun. An episode or series of events or circumstances of pastoral or rural simplicity, fit for an idyll; a carefree or lighthearted experience. ¹

3. Noun. (music) A composition, usually instrumental, of a pastoral or sentimental character, e.g. ''Siegfried Idyll'' by Richard Wagner. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Idyll

1. idyl [n -S] : IDYLLIC [adj] - See also: idyl

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Literary usage of Idyll

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Macmillan's Magazine by David Masson, George Grove, John Morley, Mowbray Morris (1878)
"The typical idyll is a poem in which a little picture is painted in somewhat ... The poets widely modify the idyll, each according to his own nature. ..."

2. Unbeaten Tracks in Japan: An Account of Travels in the Interior Including by Isabella Lucy Bird (1888)
"A Japanese idyll—Musical Stillness—My Rooms—Floral Decorations—Kanaya and his ... It is a Japanese idyll; there is nothing within or without which does not ..."

3. A Dictionary of Science, Literature, & Art: Comprising the Definitions and by George William Cox (1866)
"The pastoral poems of Theocritus are termed idyll*, those of Virgil Eclogues ; but it would ... idyll."

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