|1.||[ noun ] a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language|
|2.||[ noun ] (linguistics) 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"
|Related terms:||non-standard_speech patois eye_dialect forward spang euphonious stress|
|3.||[ noun ] the style of a particular artist or school or movement|
"an imaginative orchestral idiom"
|Related terms:||manner treatment neoclassicism order classicism high_renaissance classical_style art_nouveau rococo romanticism baroque|
|4.||[ noun ] an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up|
|Synonyms:||phrasal_idiom set_phrase phrase idiomatic_expression|
|Related terms:||saying ruralism like_clockwork in_the_lurch out_of_whack formulate|