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Topic: RELIGION

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: idole, from Greek eidolon 'image, idol'

idol

noun
     
i‧dol [countable]
1 someone or something that you love or admire very much [= hero]
idol of
She is the idol of countless teenagers.
She had made an idol of her husband.
2RR a picture or statue that is worshipped as a god
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