Pronunciation: (īd'l), [key]
1. an image or other material object representing a deity to which religious worship is addressed.
a. an image of a deity other than God.
b. the deity itself.
3. any person or thing regarded with blind admiration, adoration, or devotion: Madame Curie had been her childhood idol.
4. a mere image or semblance of something, visible but without substance, as a phantom.
5. a figment of the mind; fantasy.
6. a false conception or notion; fallacy.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.