Definitions for idiomˈɪd i əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

id•i•omˈɪd i əm(n.)

  1. an expression whose meaning is not predictable from the usual grammatical rules of a language or from the usual meanings of its constituent elements, as kick the bucket“to die.”

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  2. a language, dialect, or style of speaking peculiar to a people.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  3. a construction or expression peculiar to a language.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  4. the manner of expression characteristic of or peculiar to a language.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  5. a distinct style or character, as in music or art.

Origin of idiom:

1565–75; < L idiōma < Gk idíōma peculiarity, specific property

Princeton's WordNet

  1. parlance, idiom(noun)

    a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language

  2. dialect, idiom, accent(noun)

    the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people

    "the immigrants spoke an odd dialect of English"; "he has a strong German accent"; "it has been said that a language is a dialect with an army and navy"

  3. artistic style, idiom(noun)

    the style of a particular artist or school or movement

    "an imaginative orchestral idiom"

  4. idiom, idiomatic expression, phrasal idiom, set phrase, phrase(noun)

    an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. idiom(noun)ˈɪd i əm

    an expression that has a meaning different from the meaning of the individual words in it

    "Hit the roof" is an idiom meaning "get very angry."; idiomatic language that is difficult for foreigners to understand


  1. idiom(Noun)

    A manner of speaking, a way of expressing oneself.

  2. idiom(Noun)

    A language or dialect.

  3. idiom(Noun)

    Specifically, a particular variety of language; a restricted dialect used in a given historical period, context etc.

  4. idiom(Noun)

    An artistic style (for example, in art, architecture, or music); an instance of such a style.

  5. idiom(Noun)

    An expression peculiar to or characteristic of a particular language, especially when the meaning is illogical or separate from the meanings of its component words.

  6. idiom(Noun)

    A programming construct or phraseology generally held to be the most efficient, elegant or effective means to achieve a particular result or behavior.

  7. Origin: From idiome, and its source, idioma, from ἰδίωμα, from ἰδιοῦσθαι, from ἴδιος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Idiom(noun)

    the syntactical or structural form peculiar to any language; the genius or cast of a language

  2. Idiom(noun)

    an expression conforming or appropriate to the peculiar structural form of a language; in extend use, an expression sanctioned by usage, having a sense peculiar to itself and not agreeing with the logical sense of its structural form; also, the phrase forms peculiar to a particular author

  3. Idiom(noun)

    dialect; a variant form of a language


  1. Idiom

    An idiom is a combination of words that has a figurative meaning, due to its common usage. An idiom's figurative meaning is separate from the literal meaning or definition of the words of which it is made. Idioms are numerous and they occur frequently in all languages. There are estimated to be at least 25,000 idiomatic expressions in the English language.

Translations for idiom

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an expression with a meaning that cannot be guessed from the meanings of the individual words

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