1. [ noun ] a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language
Synonyms: parlance
Related terms: formulation
2. [ noun ] (linguistics) the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people
Synonyms: dialect accent

"the immigrants spoke an odd dialect of English" "he has a strong German accent"

Related terms: non-standard_speech patois eye_dialect forward spang euphonious stress
3. [ noun ] the style of a particular artist or school or movement
Synonyms: artistic_style

"an imaginative orchestral idiom"

Related terms: manner treatment neoclassicism order classicism high_renaissance classical_style art_nouveau rococo romanticism baroque
4. [ noun ] an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
Synonyms: phrasal_idiom set_phrase phrase idiomatic_expression
Related terms: saying ruralism like_clockwork in_the_lurch out_of_whack formulate
Similar spelling:   iddm