What does idiomatic mean?

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ˌɪd i əˈmæt ɪkid·iomat·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. idiomatic, idiomaticaladjective

    of or relating to or conforming to idiom

    "idiomatic English"


  1. idiomaticadjective

    Pertaining or conforming to the mode of expression characteristic of a language.

  2. idiomaticadjective

    Resembling or characteristic of an idiom.

  3. idiomaticadjective

    Using many idioms.

  4. idiomaticadjective

    Parts or pieces which are written both within the natural physical limitations of the instrument and human body and, less so or less often, the styles of playing used on specific instruments.


  1. idiomatic

    Idiom, also called idiomaticness or idiomaticity, is the syntactical, grammatical, or structural form peculiar to a language. Idiom is the realized structure of a language, as opposed to possible but unrealized structures that could have developed to serve the same semantic functions but did not. The grammar of a language (its morphology, phonology, and syntax) is inherently arbitrary and peculiar to a specific language (or group of related languages). For example, although in English it is idiomatic (accepted as structurally correct) to say "cats are associated with agility", other forms could have developed, such as "cats associate toward agility" or "cats are associated of agility". Unidiomatic constructions sound wrong to fluent speakers, although they are often entirely comprehensible. For example, the title of the classic book English as She Is Spoke is easy to understand (its idiomatic counterpart is English as It Is Spoken), but it deviates from English idiom in the gender of the pronoun and the inflection of the verb. Lexical gaps are another key example of idiom.


  1. idiomatic

    Idiomatic refers to expressions, phrases, or sayings that have a figurative or symbolic meaning different from their literal interpretation. This term is often used in context with a language, where an idiomatic phrase refers to a statement whose understood meaning through common usage is not deducible from the meaning of its individual words.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Idiomaticadjective

    alt. of Idiomatical

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of idiomatic in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of idiomatic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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