This has two main meanings: A drawing, statue, or other representation of an item in heaven or earth, that is used for worship. Anything in life that takes a position of priority over one's relationship with God.
A statue or other image of a false god; also, anything that is worshiped in place of the one true God. Money, possessions, fame, even family members can become idols if we put them ahead of God (see Lev. 26:1; Col. 3:5).
symbol of the substitution of the ego for our true Self or God; a false belief that there can be something other than, or more than God, and thus separate from Him, a belief which is then projected onto the special relationship: people, things, or ideas; the anti-Christ.
Ecclesiastic Late Greek eidos, "form" -- an image of a god; heathen diety; spiritual impostor. Idolater: Ecclesiastic Late Greek eidololatres: eidolon (idol) + latris (hired servant) -- a worshiper of idols; devoted admirer.
Somebody or something greatly admired or loved, often to excess. A thing that is forbidden to make or to worship (give homage to) for both Jews and christians. See Exodus 20 ("the Ten Commandments") ex. Making or Saluting a flag. Sentence: The christians debated the wording of the flag salute, although their scripture forbids creating an object then paying homage to it.
A young Pop singer, actor, or starlet. Japan has been awash with Pop icons since the 1960's, and today new Idols seem to be manufactured on a weekly basis. The all girl group Morning Musume is a fine contemporary example of an Idol group. Satoshi Kon's animated motion picture Perfect Blue is a murder mystery involving a female Idol singing group.