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


  • A Word, Please: Idiom takes the wind out of proper sails
    They say marriage is all about give and take. Compromise. Meeting each other halfway. But to read my emails over the years, you could only conclude that marriage is about something quite different: winning. Specifically, winning arguments. More specifically, winning arguments about grammar. Read more on this news related to 'Idiom'
  • Can food be safe at 2022 Olympics, if held in Beijing?
    Beijing, March 19 (IANS) The idiom 'Bread is the staff of life' holds especially true for China -- a country with infinite love for food. As a candidate for the 2022 Winter Olympics, China's capital city Beijing is eager to show off a wide variety of cuisines to visitors from all over the world. A recent survey by China Youth Daily showed that food saf Read more on this news related to 'Idiom'
  • Chinese Idioms: 9 Shepherds for 10 Sheep (十羊九牧)
    The idiom “9 shepherds for 10 sheep,” which originates from a story about a senior official’s report to an ancient Chinese emperor, contains wisdom and common sense that remain useful and relevant for managers of all kinds in the modern … Read more on this news related to 'Idiom'

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