idiom


idiom
noun Etymology: Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French idiome, from Late Latin idioma individual peculiarity of language, from Greek idiōmat-, idiōma, from idiousthai to appropriate, from idios Date: 1588 1. a. the language peculiar to a people or to a district, community, or class ; dialect b. the syntactical, grammatical, or structural form peculiar to a language 2. an expression in the usage of a language that is peculiar to itself either grammatically (as no, it wasn't me) or in having a meaning that cannot be derived from the conjoined meanings of its elements (as Monday week for “the Monday a week after next Monday”) 3. a style or form of artistic expression that is characteristic of an individual, a period or movement, or a medium or instrument <
the modern jazz idiom
>
; broadly manner, style <
a new culinary idiom
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
(sanctioned by use in any language) / (of a language), /