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


  • New Software Releases Put IDIOM at the Forefront of Policy Automation and Decision Management
    IDIOM Decision Manager™, IDIOM Forms™, and IDIOM Workbench™ allow customers to benefit from agile business policy development and implementation (PRWeb September 29, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/10/prweb12206557.htm Read more on this news related to 'Idiom'
  • ‘Three Decembers’: UrbanArias’ one-act opera delivers terrific performances
    The score was sophisticated in its astringently classical/pop idiom, and the performances were terrific. Read more on this news related to 'Idiom'
  • Chef rages at customers
    So much for the idiom that the customer is always right. James Chu, the chef and owner of San Francisco’s SO Chinese restaurant, recently shuttered his eatery after getting fed up with picky customers. Read more on this news related to 'Idiom'

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