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idiomatic expression

Definition:

an expression whose meanings can't be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Plural:

idiomatic expressions

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

ruralism

Synonyms:

idiom | phrasal idiom | phrase | set phrase | phr. [abbreviation]

Etymology:

"form of speech peculiar to a people or place", from Middle French idiome (16th...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Idiom

a combination of words that has a figurative meaning, due to its common usage. An idiom's figurative meaning is separate from the literal meaning or definition of the words of which it's made. Idioms are numerous and they occur frequently in all ... (42 of 2234 words, 2 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Idiom

Wiktionary:

set phrase | set phrases [plural]

[grammar] A common expression whose wording is not subject to variation. | [grammar] A common expression whose words cannot be replaced by synonymous words without compromising the meaning. (27 of 161 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/set phrase

Cambridge Dictionary:

set [entry 15] | set expression/phrase | set expression | set phrase

fixed or never changing | "set expression/phrase": a phrase in which the words are always used in the same order (19 of 90 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/set 15

Oxford Dictionary:

set phrase

an unvarying phrase having a specific meaning, such as "raining cats and dogs", or being the only context in which a word appears, for example ... (25 of 54 words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/set-phrase

Collins Dictionary:

idiom | idiomatical [adjective, derived]

a group of words whose meaning cannot be predicted from the meanings of the constituent words, as for example [It was raining] "cats and dogs" | ... (25 of 544 words, 4 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/idiom

Merriam-Webster:

idiom | expression [synonym, sense-specific] | phrase [synonym, sense-specific] | cliché [similar, sense-specific] | locution [similar, sense-specific] | term [similar, sense-specific] | epithet [similar, sense-specific] | expletive [similar, sense-specific] | name [similar, sense-specific] | ...

the language peculiar to a people or to a district, community, or class; ... | an expression in the usage of a language that is peculiar to itself ... (27 of 311 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/idiom

American Heritage Dictionary:

idiom

A speech form or an expression of a given language that is peculiar to ... | The specific grammatical, syntactic, and structural character of a given ... (25 of 155 words, 6 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/idiom

Random House Dictionary:

idiom

an expression whose meaning is not predictable from the usual meanings of ... | a language, dialect, or style of speaking peculiar to a people. | a ... (25 of 127 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/idiom

New World Dictionary:

idiom

the language or dialect of a people, region, class, etc. | the usual way in which the words of a particular language are joined together to express ... (26 of 125 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/idiom

Macmillan British Dictionary:

idiom | idioms [plural]

[countable, linguistics] an expression whose meaning is different from the ... | [singular, uncountable] a particular style in language, art, or music (21 of 70 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/idiom

Encarta Dictionary:

set phrase | set phrases [plural]

a phrase which does not vary and whose meaning is different from the literal combination of its parts, e.g. "the apple of somebody's eye" or "make ... (26 of 38 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 701709827​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

idiom

First use: 1580s

Origin: "form of speech peculiar to a people or place", from Middle French idiome (16th century) and directly from Late Latin idioma "a ... (23 of 145 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=idiom

Wiktionary:

idiom | idioms [plural] | idiomata [plural]

Origin: Middle French idiome, and its source, Late Latin idioma, from Ancient Greek ἰδίωμα (idioma, "a peculiarity, property, a peculiar phraseology, idiom"), from ἰδιοῦσθαι (idiousthai, "to make... (26 of 43 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/idiom

Merriam-Webster:

idiom

First use: 1588

Origin: Middle French and Late Latin; Middle French idiome, from Late Latin idioma individual peculiarity of language, from Greek ... (19 of 27 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/idiom

Oxford Dictionary:

idiom

First use: late 16th century

Origin: French idiome, or via late Latin from Greek idiōma "private property, peculiar phraseology", from idiousthai 'make one's own', ... (21 of 25 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/idiom

American Heritage Dictionary:

idiom

Origin: Late Latin idiōma, idiōmat-, from Greek, from idiousthai, to make one's own, from idios, own, personal, private; see swe- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/idiom

New World Dictionary:

idiom

Origin: French and Late Latin: French idiome from Late Latin idioma from Greek idiōma, peculiarity, idiom from idios: see "idio-"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/idiom

Collins Dictionary:

idiom

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin idiōma peculiarity of language, from Greek; see idio-

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/idiom

Encarta Dictionary:

idiom | idioms [plural]

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Directly or via French from late Latin idioma from Greek, "property, peculiarity" from idios

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861619997​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

idiom | idioms [plural] | idiomata [plural]

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "idiom"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "idiom"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/idiom

Collins Dictionary:

idiom

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "idiom"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "idiom"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/idiom

Cambridge Dictionary:

idiom

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "idiom"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "idiom"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/idiom

Macmillan British Dictionary:

idiom | idioms [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "idiom"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/idiom

Macmillan American Dictionary:

idiom | idioms [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "idiom"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/idiom

the Free Dictionary:

idiom

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "idiom"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "idiom"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "idiom" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/idiom

Google Dictionary:

idiom | idioms [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "idiom"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=idiom

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

idiom

Audio: North American pronunciation of "idiom"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=idiom​001 word=idiom

YourDictionary Audio:

idiom

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "idiom" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/idiom

freedictionary.org:

Idiom

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Idiom" by speech synthesizer

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=idiom

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