idiolect

[ id-ee-uh-lekt ]
/ ˈɪd i əˌlɛkt /

noun Linguistics.

a person's individual speech pattern.Compare dialect(def 1).

Nearby words

  1. idiographic,
  2. idioheteroagglutinin,
  3. idioheterolysin,
  4. idioisoagglutinin,
  5. idioisolysin,
  6. idiolysin,
  7. idiom,
  8. idiomatic,
  9. idiomorphic,
  10. idiomuscular contraction

Origin of idiolect

1945–50; idio- + -lect, as in dialect

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British Dictionary definitions for idiolect

idiolect

/ (ˈɪdɪəˌlɛkt) /

noun

the variety or form of a language used by an individual
Derived Formsidiolectal or idiolectic, adjective

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Word Origin and History for idiolect

idiolect

n.

1948, from idio- + second element abstracted from dialect.

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