idiom

For Wiktionary's handling of idioms, see Wiktionary:Idioms

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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).

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idiom (plural idioms or idiomata)

  1. (now rare) A manner of speaking, a way of expressing oneself.
  2. A language or dialect.
  3. Specifically, a particular variety of language; a restricted dialect used in a given historical period, context etc.
    • 2010, Christopher Hitchens, "The Other L-Word", Vanity Fair, 13 Jan 2010:
      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.
  4. An artistic style (for example, in art, architecture, or music); an instance of such a style.
  5. 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.
    • 2008, Patricia Hampl, “You’re History”, in Patricia Hampl and Elaine Tyler May (editors), Tell Me True: Memoir, History, and Writing a Life, Minnesota Historical Society, ISBN 9780873516303, page 134:
      You’re history, we say [] . Surely it is an American idiom. Impossible to imagine a postwar European saying, “You’re history. . . . That’s history,” meaning fuhgeddaboudit, pal.
  6. (programming) A programming construct or phraseology generally held to be the most efficient, elegant or effective means to achieve a particular result or behavior.
    • 2005, Magnus Lie Hetland, Beginning Python: From Novice to Professional, ISBN 159059519X, page 100:
      I have to use the same assignment and call to raw_input in two places. How can I avoid that? I can use the while True/break idiom: []

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idiom m

  1. idiom

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Serbo-CroatianEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /idǐoːm/
  • Hyphenation: i‧di‧om

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idìōm m (Cyrillic spelling идѝо̄м)

  1. idiom

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