Definitions for idiomˈɪd i əm

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  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

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  1. Idiom(n.)

    A combination of words having a meaning peculiar to itself and not predictable as a combination of the meanings of the individual words, but sanctioned by usage; as, an idiomatic expression; less commonly, a single word used in a peculiar sense.

  2. Origin: [F. idiome, L. idioma, fr. Gr. 'idi`wma, fr. 'idioy^n to make a person's own, to make proper or peculiar; fr. 'i`dios one's own, proper, peculiar; prob. akin to the reflexive pronoun o"y^, o'i^, 'e`, and to "eo`s, 'o`s, one's own, L. suus, and to E. so.]

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  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 DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  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

  4. Origin: [F. idiome, L. idioma, fr. Gr. 'idi`wma, fr. 'idioy^n to make a person's own, to make proper or peculiar; fr. 'i`dios one's own, proper, peculiar; prob. akin to the reflexive pronoun o"y^, o'i^, 'e`, and to "eo`s, 'o`s, one's own, L. suus, and to E. so.]

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  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.


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