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[id-ee-uh-mat-ik] /ˌɪd i əˈmæt ɪk/
peculiar to or characteristic of a particular language or dialect:
idiomatic French.
containing or using many idioms.
having a distinct style or character, especially in the arts:
idiomatic writing; an idiomatic composer.
Also, idiomatical.
Origin of idiomatic
1705-15; < Late Greek idiōmatikós, equivalent to idiōmat- (stem of idíōma) idiom + -ikos -ic
Related forms
idiomatically, adverb
idiomaticalness, idiomaticity
[id-ee-oh-muh-tis-i-tee] /ˌɪd i oʊ məˈtɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
nonidiomatic, adjective
nonidiomatical, adjective
nonidiomatically, adverb
nonidiomaticalness, noun
unidiomatic, adjective
unidiomatically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • What a pity it is that so powerful and idiomatic a writer should be so incorrect grammatically and scholastically speaking!

  • This accounts for his perfect and idiomatic English and for his knowledge of our cities.

    In Chteau Land Anne Hollingsworth Wharton
  • Equability of tone is best attained by the exclusive use of familiar and idiomatic words.

    Charmides Plato
  • His constant aim is to reproduce his text in a pure and idiomatic Danish.

    Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark Jens Christian Aaberg
  • Symphonic music—in as much as the concertmaster is concerned, is usually not idiomatic violin music.

    Violin Mastery Frederick H. Martens
  • Another method is to read and translate some idiomatic foreign work.

    The Aural System Anonymous
  • Stage talk should be, De Goncourt asserted, flowing and idiomatic—never bookish.

    Iconoclasts James Huneker
Word Origin and History for idiomatic

1712, from Latin idiomaticus, from Greek idiomatikos; from idios "one's own" (see idiom) + matos "thinking, animated" (see automaton).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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