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    Ideal

    Definitions

    1 | adjective | conforming to an ultimate standard of perfection or excellence; embodying an ideal
2 | adjective | constituting or existing only in the form of an idea or mental image or conception
3 | adjective | of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of the reality of ideas
4 | noun | the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain
5 | noun | model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal
(5 meanings)

    Pronunciation

    ahyd'eel (IPA: aɪdˈil)

    Hyphenation

    i-de-al (5 letters | 3 syllables)

    First known use in English

    1410 (Late Middle ages | European Renaissance) (614 years ago)

    Word origins

    Latin | French

    Overall typical frequency

    written: 2092nd most common (1 in 20000 words) ( > 99% adjective | 0% noun)

    spoken: 2204th most common (1 in 43478 words)

    (includes some inflected forms)

    Word frequency history

    Word frequency history

    Inflected form

    ideals

    Synonyms

    idealistic | apotheosis | nonesuch | nonpareil | nonsuch | paragon | saint (total: 7)

    Narrower terms

    beau ideal | criterion | ego ideal | example | exemplar | good example | idol | model | paragon | perfection | standard | value | class act | crackerjack | humdinger | ... (total: 17)

    Broader terms

    idea | thought | model | role model (total: 4)

    Rhymes

    abele | anneal | appeal | conceal | congeal | corneal | creel | deal | feel | genteel | heal | heel | keel | kneel | leal | ... (total: 39)
(based on typical American pronunciation)

    Lexically close words

    ideas

    Anagram

    ailed

    Phrases

    Carnot's ideal cycle | ideal gas | ideal solid

    Translations

    Mandarin Chinese: | 理想 (noun)
Hindi: | आदर्श (noun)
Arabic: | مَثَل أَعلَى (noun)
Spanish: | ideal (perfect) | ejemplo (perfect example) | modelo (perfect example) | ideal (perfect example) | ideal (opinion)
French: | idéal (perfect) | exemple (perfect example) | modèle (perfect example) | idéal (perfect example) | idéal (opinion)

    Other notable uses

    Nuevo Ideal (Durango, Mexico)

    Ideal (Georgia, 407 people) | Nuevo Ideal (Mexico, 10876 people)

    An Ideal Husband

    ideal.com | ideal.net | ideal.org | ideal.info | ideal.biz (total: 5)

    Crossword puzzle clues

    Scrabble score

    6 (International English) | 6 (North American English)

    Texting form

    I-D-L

    Phone keypad digits

    (???) ??4-3325

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