Being an opera fan, I often here a phrase "bel idol mio" used in the songs and librettos. Though I can guess from the use and cognates what it means, I wanted to find a definite literal translation. For some reason, the online Italian dictionaries refuse to believe 'idol' is an Italian word, and so they always direct me to 'idolo' or else give a definition of the English word. I'm wondering if idol is a poetic term, like using 'fan' instead of 'fanno.'
So, anyway -- if anyone can clarify that, and also if someone can give me the literal and precise definition of 'idol' that would be much appreciated!