Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun idiom

4 senses of idiom

Sense 1
parlance, idiom -- (a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language)
       => formulation, expression -- (the style of expressing yourself; "he suggested a better formulation"; "his manner of expression showed how much he cared")

Sense 2
dialect, idiom, accent -- (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")
       => non-standard speech -- (speech that differs from the usual accepted, easily recognizable speech of native adult members of a speech community)

Sense 3
artistic style, idiom -- (the style of a particular artist or school or movement; "an imaginative orchestral idiom")
       => manner, mode, style, way, fashion -- (how something is done or how it happens; "her dignified manner"; "his rapid manner of talking"; "their nomadic mode of existence"; "in the characteristic New York style"; "a lonely way of life"; "in an abrasive fashion")

Sense 4
idiom, idiomatic expression, phrasal idiom, set phrase, phrase -- (an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up)
       => saying, expression, locution -- (a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations; "pardon the expression")

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