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English noun: idiom

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


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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