a. an image; figure; representation
2. Eastern Christian
Church an image or picture of Jesus, Mary, a saint, etc., venerated as sacred
3. any person or thing that is revered
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Word origin of 'icon'L < Gr eikōn, an image, figure (in LGr, sacred image) < IE base *weik-, to resemble > Lith į-vỹkti, to happen, become true