What does idiom mean?

Definitions for idiom
ˈɪd i əmid·iom

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. parlance, idiomnoun

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

  2. dialect, idiom, accentnoun

    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, idiomnoun

    the style of a particular artist or school or movement

    "an imaginative orchestral idiom"

  4. idiom, idiomatic expression, phrasal idiom, set phrase, phrasenoun

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


  1. Idiomnoun

    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.


  1. idiomnoun

    A manner of speaking, a way of expressing oneself.

  2. idiomnoun

    A language or dialect.

  3. idiomnoun

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

  4. idiomnoun

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

  5. idiomnoun

    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. idiomnoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. IDIOMnoun

    A mode of speaking peculiar to a language or dialect; the particular cast of a tongue; a phrase; phraseology.

    Etymology: idiome, French; ἰδίωμα.

    He did romanize our tongue, leaving the words translated as much Latin as he found them; wherein he followed their language, but did not comply with the idiom of ours. Dryden.

    Some that with care true eloquence shall teach,
    And to just idioms fix our doubtful speech. Matthew Prior.


  1. Idiom

    An idiom is a phrase or expression that typically presents a figurative, non-literal meaning attached to the phrase; but some phrases become figurative idioms while retaining the literal meaning of the phrase. Categorized as formulaic language, an idiom's figurative meaning is different from the literal meaning. Idioms occur frequently in all languages; in English alone there are an estimated twenty-five million idiomatic expressions.


  1. idiom

    An idiom is a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words. They generally don't make sense when translated literally and are specific to certain languages or cultural groups. For example, "break a leg" is an English idiom that means "good luck."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Idiomnoun

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

  2. Idiomnoun

    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. Idiomnoun

    dialect; a variant form of a language

  4. Etymology: [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.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Idiom

    id′i-um, n. a mode of expression peculiar to a language, a peculiar variation of any language, a dialect.—n. Id′iasm, a peculiarity.—adjs. Idiomat′ic, -al, conformed or pertaining to the idioms of a language.—adv. Idiomat′ically.—n. Idiot′icon, a vocabulary of a particular dialect or district. [Fr.,—L.,—Gr. idiōma, peculiarity—idios, one's own.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of idiom in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of idiom in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of idiom in a Sentence

  1. Hao Hong:

    China needs commodities and Russia may have to sell it cheap, one ancient Chinese idiom is that when two clams fight, the fisherman stands to benefit.

  2. Howard Thurman:

    You are the only you that has ever lived ; your idiom is the only idiom of its kind in all of existence, and if you can not hear the sound of the genuine in you, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.

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