idyll idyll  /ˈaɪ dəl/


  1. (n) an episode of such pastoral or romantic charm as to qualify as the subject of a poetic idyll
  2. (n) a musical composition that evokes rural life
  3. (n) a short poem descriptive of rural or pastoral life



  1. In short, there was nothing to suggest the violence that ended the suburban idyll.
  2. To portray Sark as a rural idyll untouched by modernity would be inaccurate, however.
  3. But his placid existence took on Kafkaesque twist earlier this year, when French authorities informed Minvielle that his expatriate idyll had cost him his French citizenship.


  • Man Who Shot At Rowdy Teens Simply "Did What Police Wouldn't Do"

    One July night in 2011 Thomas Dunikowski was enjoying dinner on his neighbor's front porch in the Marine Park section of Brooklyn when their lazy summer idyll was shattered by (what else?) teenagers. According to Dunikowski and his neighbor, a pack of rowdy youths started ripping open garbage bags and throwing beer cans into the yard. An altercation between Men and Teens ensued, at which point ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Gothamist

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  1. Most of those troops are based around Basra, where Stirrup said he didn't "for a moment pretend that there will be a smooth, uninterrupted progress towards some sort of urban idyll." "I think some people expected that, with the British...
    on Oct 7, 2007 By: Jock Stirrup Source: AFP

  2. Atkinson wrote, in 1949, "a tenderly beautiful idyll of genuine people inexplicably tossed together in a strange corner of the world."
    on Aug 7, 2008 By: Brooks Atkinson Source: Village Times Herald

  3. Perry, who grew up in rural Essex, said: "The biscuit tin idyll of cosy village Britain is luckily in the past, for it was a candlelit back-breaking, sexist, tubercular child-death hell."
    on Jul 6, 2006 By: Grayson Perry Source: Times Online

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