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English noun: idiom

1. idiom (communication) a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language


Synonymsparlance


Broader (hypernym)expression, formulation

2. idiom (communication) the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people


SamplesThe immigrants spoke an odd dialect of English.
He has a strong German accent.
It has been said that a language is a dialect with an army and navy.


Synonymsaccent, dialect


Broader (hypernym)non-standard speech


Narrower (hyponym)eye dialect, patois


Domain usage membersbang, euphonious, forrad, forrard, forward, forwards, frontward, frontwards, spang

3. idiom (attribute) the style of a particular artist or school or movement


SamplesAn imaginative orchestral idiom.


Synonymsartistic style


Broader (hypernym)fashion, manner, mode, style, way


Narrower (hyponym)baroque, baroqueness, classical style, classicalism, classicism, High Renaissance, neoclassicism, order, rococo, Romantic Movement, Romanticism, treatment

4. idiom (communication) an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up


Synonymsidiomatic expression, phrasal idiom, phrase, set phrase


Broader (hypernym)expression, locution, saying


Narrower (hyponym)ruralism, rusticism


Domain usage membersin the lurch, like clockwork, out of whack









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