• WordNet 3.6
    • n idyll a short poem descriptive of rural or pastoral life
    • n idyll a musical composition that evokes rural life
    • n idyll an episode of such pastoral or romantic charm as to qualify as the subject of a poetic idyll
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Idyll a short pictorial poem, chiefly on pastoral subjects: a narrative poem
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. idyllium—Gr. idyllion, dim. of eidos, image.


In literature:

Such is, in a few words, the history of this heroic idyll.
"Musicians of To-Day" by Romain Rolland
It is idyllized in the episode of Erminia among the shepherds, and sensualized in the supreme beauty of Armida's garden.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
"Liza of Lambeth" by W. Somerset Maugham
This concealed idyl of the hills was mine, as I supposed, but I acknowledge your equal right to it.
"Short Story Classics (American) Vol. 2" by Various
This idyllic life soon ceased.
"Literary Hearthstones of Dixie" by La Salle Corbell Pickett
Existence had been even less idyllic Without those powerful and faithful pals!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, August 25th, 1920" by Various
Black clouds darkened the visible idyll.
"The River and I" by John G. Neihardt
Heroic Idyls; Homer, Laertes, and Agatha.
"Studies in Song" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Wasn't it you who once scoffed at my idyll in the wilderness?
"A Lost Leader" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Her verses on "Three Little Nest-Birds" and her tale of the Thrush in "An Idyll of the Wood" bear witness to the same feeling.
"Juliana Horatia Ewing And Her Books" by Horatia K. F. Eden

In poetry:

That Nature gives her handmaid, Art,
The themes of sweet discoursing;
The tender idyls of the heart
In every tongue rehearsing.
"Burns" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The husband sneered, then blandly bowed
In the light of the angry morning cloud.
'So my idyll ends,
And a drama opens!' he mused aloud;
"A Conversation At Dawn" by Thomas Hardy
And if the old idyllic ease
Seems lost in keen activities,
And crowded workshops now replace
The hearth's and farm-field's rustic grace;
"Haverhill" by John Greenleaf Whittier
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
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
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

In news:

On a clear winter night, I arrived in Niagara-on-the-Lake, an idyllic, sleepy town on Lake Ontario , a short distance from Niagara Falls.
Howard and Emily's wedding is the talk of Greenleaf, Indiana, a small town idyllic enough to repel Norman Rockwell.
Midsummer Night's Idyll: Opera in the Orangery .
The long days make summer the idyllic time for outdoor pursuits and backyard barbeques.
Oregon's idyllic coastline, a region that might be shaken by powerful earthquakes more frequently than thought.
Last weekend, my family held its annual reunion at Monterey's idyllic Veterans Memorial Park.
Float planes, food, fun, idyllic setting: magic time.
An idyllic background to study, to make art, to open a business.
LONDON — Transforming the Olympic Stadium into a rural idyll is proving far from serene for Danny Boyle ahead of the opening ceremony.
Looking back, it was idyllic.
She says the book will be set in an English town called Pagford that is not as idyllic as it seems on the surface.
For most of its length, "Playing for Keeps" inhabits an idyllic world where the weather is sunny, the cars are red Ferraris, and the soccer moms are Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
FISHTRAP HOLLOW, Miss — Norman Rockwell might have painted the scene, except it would have been too idyllic for him.
When celebrated garden designer Edwina von Gal journeyed to the dry forests of Panama, she found an idyllic spot for an off-the-grid home—and an outlet for her lifelong passion for sustaining landscapes.
With a boldly modern revamp of their city apartment and the idyllic evolution of their house in the country, Catroux shows he is still at the very top of his game.

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