- The definition of an idiom is the language or expressions used by a specific group of people.
An example of idiom is the phrase "a dime a dozen."
Another example of an idiom.
- the language or dialect of a people, region, class, etc.
- the usual way in which the words of a particular language are joined together to express thought
- a phrase, construction, or expression that is recognized as a unit in the usage of a given language and either differs from the usual syntactic patterns or has a meaning that differs from the literal meaning of its parts taken together (Ex.: not a word did she say; she heard it straight from the horse's mouth)
- the style of expression characteristic of an individual: the idiom of Hemingway
- a characteristic style, as in art or music
Origin of idiom; from French and amp; LL: French idiome ; from Late Latin idioma ; from Classical Greek idiōma, peculiarity, idiom ; from idios: see idio-
- A speech form or an expression of a given language that is peculiar to itself grammatically or cannot be understood from the individual meanings of its elements, as in keep tabs on.
- The specific grammatical, syntactic, and structural character of a given language.
- Regional speech or dialect.
- A specialized vocabulary used by a group of people; jargon: legal idiom.
- A style of artistic expression characteristic of a particular individual, school, period, or medium: the idiom of the French impressionists; the punk rock idiom.
Origin of idiomLate Latin idiōma, idiōmat-, from Greek, from idiousthai, to make one's own, from idios, own, personal, private; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.
(plural idioms or idiomata)
- (now rare) A manner of speaking, a way of expressing oneself.
- A language or dialect.
- Specifically, a particular variety of language; a restricted dialect used in a given historical period, context etc.
- An artistic style (for example, in art, architecture, or music); an instance of such a style.
- 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.
- (programming) A programming construct or phraseology generally held to be the most efficient, elegant or effective means to achieve a particular result or behavior.
From Middle French idiome, and its source, Late Latin idioma, from Ancient Greek ἰδίωμα (idioma, “a peculiarity, property, a peculiar phraseology, idiom”), from ἰδιοῦσθαι (idiousthai, “to make one's own, appropriate to oneself”), from ἴδιος (idios, “one's own, pertaining to oneself, private, personal, peculiar, separate”).