|n.||1.||The syntactical or structural form peculiar to any language; the genius or cast of a language.|
Idiom may be employed loosely and figuratively as a synonym of language or dialect, but in its proper sense it signifies the totality of the general rules of construction which characterize the syntax of a particular language and distinguish it from other tongues.
|2.||An expression conforming or appropriate to the peculiar structural form of a language.|
|3.||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.|
It is not by means of rules that such idioms as the following are made current: "I can
|4.||The phrase forms peculiar to a particular author; as, written in his own idiom.|
Every good writer has much idiom.
|5.||Dialect; a variant form of a language.|
|Noun||1.||idiom - a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language|
|2.||idiom - 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"|
|3.||idiom - the style of a particular artist or school or movement; "an imaginative orchestral idiom"|
Synonyms: artistic style
|4.||idiom - an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up|