• WordNet 3.6
    • n idyl a short poem descriptive of rural or pastoral life
    • n idyl a musical composition that evokes rural life
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Idyl A short poem; properly, a short pastoral poem; as, the idyls of Theocritus; also, any poem, especially a narrative or descriptive poem, written in an eleveted and highly finished style; also, by extension, any artless and easily flowing description, either in poetry or prose, of simple, rustic life, of pastoral scenes, and the like. "Wordsworth's solemn-thoughted idyl .""His [Goldsmith's] lovely idyl of the Vicar's home."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n idyl Primarily, a poem descriptive of rural scenes and events; a pastoral or rural poem, like the idyls of Theocritus, Goldsmith's “Deserted Village,” or Burns's “Cottar's Saturday Night”: applied also to longer poems of a descriptive and narrative character, as Tennyson's “Idylls of the King,” and to prose compositions of similar purport treated in a poetic style.
    • n idyl An episode, or a series of events or circumstances of pastoral or rural simplicity, fit for an idyl.
    • n idyl In music, a composition, usually instrumental, of a pastoral or sentimental character.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Idyl ī′dil a short pictorial poem, chiefly on pastoral subjects: a narrative poem
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. idyllium, Gr. , fr. form; literally, a little form of image: cf. F. idylle,. See Idol
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. idyllium—Gr. idyllion, dim. of eidos, image.


In literature:

Translations cannot hide Bjoernson's genius; nor obscure the truth that his genius is essentially idyllic.
"Adventures in Criticism" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The idyls of Gessner and the pastorals of Florian were the favorite reading, and Watteau the popular painter.
"Great Italian and French Composers" by George T. Ferris
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 1, January 5, 1884." by Various
His idyls are short poems of passionate action, presenting in a graphic and concentrated way a single episode or tragic crisis.
"An Introduction to the Study of Browning" by Arthur Symons
Away at the end of one fjord lies the village of Risano, an idyllic spot, whence a road is in the course of construction to Niksic.
"The Land of the Black Mountain" by Reginald Wyon
The latter name used to be spelled Ambresbury, and Tennyson in his "Idylls of the King" spells Almesbury.
"The Bay State Monthly, Volume 3, No. 6" by Various
However, Tomassov's case was in its nature quite idyllic.
"Tales Of Hearsay" by Joseph Conrad
I, in common with most mortals, supposed that the marriage was idyllic.
"Olympian Nights" by John Kendrick Bangs
It won't be as idyllic as you imagine.
"The Luckiest Girl in the School" by Angela Brazil
Perhaps the idyllic attractions did not balance the drawback of living in the thoroughfare of the house.
"Uppingham by the Sea a Narrative of the Year at Borth" by John Henry Skrine

In poetry:

So well, that should this idyl chance
To meet thine eye, my friend,
Thou'd scan it with a careless glance,
Nor dream to whom 'twas penned.
"Thou Dost Not Know" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
What idylls of happiest promise
In their lustrous depths will gleam,
As the shadows of stars lie trembling
In the bosom of some still stream.
"O, Softly Falls The Moonlight" by Alexander Anderson
All forms receded, as in a dream were still,
Where white visions vaguely start
From the sketch of a painter s long-neglected idyl
Into a perfect art!
"A Carrion" by Allen Tate
And from the pallid, parted lips thereof
Issued strange singing of idyllic song,
As it lay tossing white-capped waves among,
Upturned to the sweet sky that smiling bent above.
"The Orphic Legacy" by Maurice Thompson
Yet was thy spirit tuned to gentle themes
Sought in the haunts thy humble youth had known.
Our stern New England's hills and vales and streams,
Thy tuneful idyls made them all their own.
"In Memory Of John Greenleaf Whittier" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
These to His Memory—since he held them dear,
Perchance as finding there unconsciously
Some image of himself—I dedicate,
I dedicate, I consecrate with tears—
These Idylls.
"Dedication" by Alfred Lord Tennyson

In news:

When the sun's first rays burst through the trees or appear over the lake, the idyllic scene begs for a dish of delicious comfort food.
High in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province, the Swat Valley has long been an idyllic vacation destination, just 100 miles from the country's capital, Islamabad.
The "other" Walden Pond often draws people expecting Thoreau 's idyll.
Accompanied by various sandwiches, Photoshopped into idyllic waterfall scenes.
He describes his as an "idyllic" childhood characterized by many hours alone roaming the countryside.
This highly sought-after Federal Highway location on the Intracoastal Waterway provides an idyllic backdrop for relaxation and tranquility.
FISHTRAP HOLLOW, Miss.—Norman Rockwell might have painted the scene, except it would have been too idyllic for him.
Residents of idyllic Campodimele, Italy, can expect to live to 95.
"In dreaming about an idyllic past, we are also imagining the future".
Five years ago, there were 87 undergraduates from China on its idyllic, All-American campus in Bloomington.
Evergreen resident Ann Binkley had an idyllic childhood, surrounded by loving relatives who pulled together for survival.
FISHTRAP HOLLOW , Miss — Norman Rockwell might have painted the scene, except it would have been too idyllic for him.
Principal Dawn Hochsprung was in a meeting Friday morning when the sound of gunshots pierced the quiet halls of her elementary school in an idyllic Connecticut town.
There, the Idyll-Beast is said to exist -- a creature akin to Bigfoot, or Sasquatch.
Outside the idyllic English village of St Osyth, police are hunting a lion.

In science:

In this, seemingly idyllic picture, there are still two rather dark clouds left.
Geometry of irreversibility: The film of nonequilibrium states
The picture of the world that modern physics offers lies far away from the idyllic image of a garden of Eden.
Experimental proposal for testing the Emergence of Environment Induced (EIN) Classical Selection rules with Biological Systems