In music, and idyl is a composition with a pastoral or romantic quality. Sometimes seen written as idyll, idillio (Italian), or idylle (French or German).

Adjective - idyllic

I"dyl (?), n. [L. idyllium, Gr. , fr. form; literally, a little form of image: cf. F. idylle. See Idol.]

A short poem; properly, a short pastoral poem; as, the idyls of Theocritus; 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.

[Written also idyll.]

Wordsworth's solemn-thoughted idyl. Mrs. Browning.

His [Goldsmith's] lovely idyl of the Vicar's home. F. Harrison.


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