from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or having the character of an icon.
  • adjective Symbolic, emblematic, or representative.
  • adjective Having a conventional formulaic style. Used of certain memorial statues and busts.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to a portrait or likeness or to portraiture; of the nature of a portrait.
  • Of, pertaining to, or resembling in any way an icon or sacred image, or the style of such image-paintings.
  • In art, conventional: applied to such work as the statues of victorious athletes commonly dedicated to divinities in antiquity, or to memorial statues and portrait-busts executed after fixed models or types, as the busts of the sovereign set up in British courts of justice.

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  • adjective Relating to, or having the characteristics of, an icon.

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  • adjective relating to or having the characteristics on an icon


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