Definition of idiom:
- An expression conforming or appropriate to the peculiar structural form of a language; in extend use, an expression sanctioned by usage, having a sense peculiar to itself and not agreeing with the logical sense of its structural form; also, the phrase forms peculiar to a particular author.
- Dialect; a variant form of a language.
- The syntactical or structural form peculiar to any language; the genius or cast of a language.
speech pattern, phrasal idiom, accent, accent mark, patois, dialect, language, vocabulary, speech, artistic style, set phrase, tongue, cant, phrase, diction, idiomatic expression, stress, parlance, barbarism, lingo, lexicon, argot, words, jargon, mother tongue, emphasis, musical phrase, jargon.
- coinage (part of speech: noun)
- phrase (part of speech: noun)
The less promising soil of Anglo- Saxon idiom waited for the foreign influences, ancient and modern, of the Renaissance to act upon it, and then it produced a crop which has dwarfed all the produce of the modern world, and has nearly, if not quite, equalled in perfection, while it has much exceeded in bulk and length of flowering time, the produce of Greece.- "A History of English Literature Elizabethan Literature", George Saintsbury.
- "Adventures of Bindle", Herbert George Jenkins.
- "Notes of a Son and Brother", Henry James.