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Idiom

Id´i`om   Pronunciation: ĭd´ĭ`ŭm
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.
- G. P. Marsh.
By idiom is meant the use of words which is peculiar to a particular language.
- J. H. Newman.
He followed their language [the Latin], but did not comply with the idiom of ours.
- Dryden.
2.An expression conforming or appropriate to the peculiar structural form of a language.
Some that with care true eloquence shall teach,
And to just idioms fix our doubtful speech.
- Prior.
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 make nothing of it." "He treats his subject home." Dryden. "It is that within us that makes for righteousness." M. Arnold.
- Gostwick (Eng. Gram.
Sometimes we identify the words with the object - though by courtesy of idiom rather than in strict propriety of language.
- Coleridge.
4.The phrase forms peculiar to a particular author; as, written in his own idiom.
Every good writer has much idiom.
- Landor.
5.Dialect; a variant form of a language.
Noun1.idiom - a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language
Synonyms: parlance
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"
Synonyms: dialect, accent
3.Idiomidiom - 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
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