Part of speech: noun
Origin: Greek, early 19th century
An idealized person or thing.
A specter or phantom.
Examples of Eidolon in a sentence
"Marilyn Monroe was once the eidolon of femininity."
"The movie “Poltergeist” has a menacing eidolon that haunts a family’s new home."
Popularity Over Time
This word, which first appeared around the 1820s, stems from the Greek “eidōlon,” from “eidos,” meaning “form.”
Did you Know?
The eidolon of Hamlet’s father is a somber presence in the Shakespeare play. According to some accounts, the playwright took on the role of the ghost himself in its original productions.