Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: idiome, from Greek idioma 'personal way of expressing yourself', from idios; IDIOT


Related topics: Linguistics
1 [countable]SL a group of words that has a special meaning that is different from the ordinary meaning of each separate word. For example, 'under the weather' is an idiom meaning 'ill'.
2 [uncountable and countable] formal or technicalSL a style of expression in writing, speech, or music that is typical of a particular group of people:
the new musical idiom
WORD FOCUS: phrase WORD FOCUS: phrase
similar words: expression, idiom, cliche, metaphor, saying, turn of phrase

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