[ id-ee-uh-lekt ]
/ ˈɪd i əˌlɛkt /
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a person's individual speech pattern.Compare dialect (def. 1).
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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.
Words nearby idiolect
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British Dictionary definitions for idiolect
/ (ˈɪdɪəˌlɛkt) /
the variety or form of a language used by an individual
Derived forms of idiolectidiolectal or idiolectic, adjective
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