Idiom - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɪdɪəm|  American pronunciation of the word idiom
Brit.  |ˈɪdɪəm|  British pronunciation of the word idiom


- a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language (syn: parlance)
- the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people (syn: accent, dialect)
- the style of a particular artist or school or movement
an imaginative orchestral idiom
- an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up (syn: phrase)

Extra examples

The expression “give way,” meaning “retreat,” is an idiom.

His work seemed to many a new musical idiom.

...a deliberately inharmonious piece of music in the modern idiom...

Word forms

singular: idiom
plural: idioms
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