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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun An episode, or a series of events or circumstances of pastoral or rural simplicity, fit for an idyl.
  • noun In music, a composition, usually instrumental, of a pastoral or sentimental character.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A short poem; properly, a short pastoral poem; ; 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of idyll.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a short poem descriptive of rural or pastoral life
  • noun a musical composition that evokes rural life


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