Definition of iconic in English:

iconic

adjective

  • 1Relating to or of the nature of an icon.

    ‘he became an iconic figure for directors around the world’
    • ‘You must be aware that you are an iconic figure in American letters.’
    • ‘In this sense he's an heir apparent to iconic figures like Dylan or Johnny Cash.’
    • ‘Old friends came from many parts of the country to pay their respects and remember one of the iconic figures of the showband era.’
    • ‘After all, from The Godfather to The Sopranos the gangster has become the iconic figure in American popular culture.’
    • ‘Monroe creates an iconic figure as Sugar and Tony Curtis's impersonation of Cary Grant is a total delight.’
    • ‘Chapman's life has been threatened many times for killing one of pop music's most iconic figures.’
    • ‘The credit titles are a work of art, emphasising the iconic nature of this black hero.’
    • ‘The intimacy of signifier and signified in the iconic sign negates the distance which defines phonetic language.’
    • ‘Indeed, some of them commemorate iconic figures from a club's history.’
    • ‘Paradoxically, though, it is difficult to envisage a fully iconic sign.’
    • ‘To many fans of Canadian music, the name Michael Burgess evokes an appreciation bordering the iconic.’
    • ‘Architects' drawings of a huge, iconic building, featuring a turf roof planted with herbs, are due to be released today.’
    • ‘Contrary to what is often believed, Britain possessed many such iconic constitutional and legal documents in the past.’
    • ‘The elusive unique selling point would also provide the city with an iconic image that would be used to brand Southampton for visitors.’
    • ‘And the famous shopfront cover design has disappointingly been replaced with something less iconic.’
    • ‘The show's stars have similarly been elevated to iconic status.’
    • ‘Many of the photographs published by Life have become iconic in American history.’
    • ‘Martin Luther King Jr. and Che Guevara had achieved the iconic status of martyrs by this date.’
    • ‘Where is the iconic building of the 20th century in the Lake District?’
  • 2(of a classical Greek statue) depicting a victorious athlete in a conventional style.

    ‘Though only the victor who had won three times was allowed an iconic statue.’
    ‘According to Pliny, these received 'iconic' statues in which 'the likeness was fashioned from the limbs of the athletes themselves'.’

Origin

Mid 17th century from Latin iconicus, from Greek eikonikos, from eikōn ‘likeness, image’.

Pronunciation

iconic

/ʌɪˈkɒnɪk/