Idiom

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Idiom Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0


  • the style of a particular artist or school or movement; "an imaginative orchestral idiom"
  • a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language
  • an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
  • the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people; "the immigrants spoke an odd dialect of English"; "he has a strong German accent"

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language ,
  • the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people; "the 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" ,
  • 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

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Idiom Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


An idiom is a word or phrase which means something different from its literal meaning. Idioms are common phrases or terms whose meaning is not real, but can be understood by their popular use.

Because idioms can mean something different from what the words mean it is difficult for someone not very good at speaking the language to use them properly. Some idioms are only used by some groups of people or at certain times. The idiom shape up or ship out, which is like saying improve your behavior or leave if you don't, might be said by an employer or supervisor to an employee, but not to other people.

Idioms are not the same thing as slang. Idioms are made of normal words that have a special meaning known by almost everyone. Slang is usually special words that are known only by a particular group.



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Idiom Sample Sentences in News


  • Chinese Idioms: Lead One to Enter a Beautiful Place (引人入勝)
    By the end of the Eastern Jin Dynasty (A.D. 317–420), most affairs of state were entrusted to eunuchs while Emperor Ling spent much of his time with concubines and feasting. Likewise, many top government officials were obsessed with extravagant living … Read more on this news related to 'Idiom'
  • Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: Priyanka Chopra joins the bandwagon; transforms a slum in 16 days
    Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra put the idiom 'better late than never' into practice when she finally wielded the broom for Clean India drive in Mumbai, after being nominated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Read more on this news related to 'Idiom'
  • Chinese Idioms: Press On To The Finish Without Pause (一鼓作氣)
    The Chinese idiom 一鼓作氣(yì gǔ zuò qì) means to press on to the finish without letup. It came from a story about the strategy of a military advisor in the state of Lu during the Spring and Autumn Period (770–476 … Read more on this news related to 'Idiom'

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