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Definition of Idiom


  1. The syntactical or structural form peculiar to any language; the genius or cast of a language.
  2. An expression conforming or appropriate to the peculiar structural form of a language; in extend use, an expression sanctioned by usage, having a sense peculiar to itself and not agreeing with the logical sense of its structural form; also, the phrase forms peculiar to a particular author.
  3. Dialect; a variant form of a language.

Idiom Quotations

Many parents and teachers have become irritated to the point of distraction at the way the weed-style growth of 'like' has spread through the idiom of the young. And it's true that in some cases the term has become simultaneously a crutch and a tic, driving out the rest of the vocabulary as candy expels vegetables.
Christopher Hitchens

You have a political and media elite who have an idiom by which they describe politics. It's highly, highly polarised. It's right, left, red, blue, up, down, victorious, crushed.
Nick Clegg

I try to use the Australian idiom to its maximum advantage.
Paul Keating

As advertising blather becomes the nation's normal idiom, language becomes printed noise.
George Will

Yes, but I view Frank's music as fully composed. In other words, the arrangements can work for any idiom such as a rock band or an orchestra. Frank was a brilliant arranger and could make his music work in any context. He proved that tour after tour and album after album.
Dweezil Zappa
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Idiom Translations

idiom in Afrikaans is idioom
idiom in Dutch is idioom, taaleigen
idiom in French is idiome
idiom in German is Mundart, Ausdrucksweise {f}, Redensart
idiom in Spanish is modismo