from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Peculiar to or characteristic of a given language.
  • adj. Characterized by proficient use of idiomatic expressions: a foreigner who speaks idiomatic English.
  • adj. Resembling or having the nature of an idiom.
  • adj. Using many idioms.
  • adj. Peculiar to or characteristic of the style or manner of a particular group or people.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining or conforming to the mode of expression characteristic of a language.
  • adj. Resembling or characteristic of an idiom.
  • adj. Using many idioms.
  • adj. Parts or pieces which are written both within the natural physical limitations of the instrument and human body and, less so or less often, the styles of playing used on specific instruments.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to, or conforming to, the mode of expression peculiar to a language
  • adj. Of or pertaining to, or of the nature of an idiom{3}; having a meaning that is peculiar to itself and not predictable from general rules.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Peculiar to or characteristic of a certain language; pertaining to or exhibiting the particular cast of a language or its characteristic modes of expression.
  • Given to or marked by the use of idioms: as, an idiomatic writer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or conforming to idiom


From Ancient Greek ἰδιωματικός (idiōmatikos, "related to an idiom"), from ἰδίωμα ("idiomatic"). (Wiktionary)



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