idol etymology

English word idol comes from Proto-Indo-European *weydstos, Ancient Greek (to 1453) εἴδω

Detailed word origin of idol

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*weydstos Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) knowledgeable
εἴδω Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
εἶδος Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
εἴδωλον Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
idolum Latin (lat) (Late Latin, Christianity) idol. Image, form, especially a spectre, apparition or ghost.
idole Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
idol English (eng) (Japan) Young manufactured performers (especially female) who aim to become popular via the formation of musical groups and be a general part of the entertainment industry.. A cultural icon, or especially popular person.. A graven image or representation of anything that is revered, or believed to convey spiritual power.

Words with the same origin as idol

Descendants of *weydstos
righteous righteousness wisdom wise wisely wizard
Descendants of εἴδω
android asteroid idea ideal