noun \ˈi-dē-əm\

1 a : the language peculiar to a people or to a district, community, or class : dialectb : the syntacticalgrammatical, or structural form peculiar to a language
: an expression in the usage of a language that is peculiar to itself either grammatically (as no, it wasn’t me) or in having a meaning that cannot be derived from the conjoined meanings of its elements (as Monday week for “the Monday a week after next Monday”)
: a style or form of artistic expression that is characteristic of an individual, a period or movement, or a medium or instrument <the modern jazz idiom>; broadly : mannerstyle<a new culinary idiom>

Examples of IDIOM

  1. The expression “give way,” meaning “retreat,” is an idiom.
  2. rock and roll and other musical idioms
  3. a feature of modern jazz idiom
  4. She is a populist in politics, as she repeatedly makes clear for no very clear reason. Yet the idiom of the populace is not popular with her. —P.J. O’Rourke, New York Times Book Review, 9 Oct. 2005
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Origin of IDIOM

Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French idiome, from Late Latin idioma individual peculiarity of language, from Greekidiōmat-, idiōma, from idiousthai to appropriate, from idios

First Known Use: 1588

Related to IDIOM

Synonyms: expressionphrase
Reproduced for accuracy thanks to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

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