- idiomuscular contraction,
- idiopathic aldosteronism
Origin of idiom
Examples from the Web for idiom
Later she observed that one of the most skilled in this idiom was the journalist Dorothy Parker.Tallulah Bankhead: Gay, Drunk and Liberated in an Era of Excess Art|Judith Mackrell|January 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Is ‘idiom’ enough to defend to the modern reader sentences like this?
Additionally impressive is that an Australian can write so convincingly in the idiom of a country so different from her own.
Yet he seemed interested only in recasting GOP concepts in his own idiom.Obama’s Speech Took Ideas From the GOP and Rhetoric From Madison Avenue|Lee Siegel|January 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
What people are really afraid of is something that has its own vocabulary and idiom because it strikes them dumb.
To reproduce the Great Style of the original in a Western idiom, the happiest combination of circumstances was necessary.Theodore Watts-Dunton|James Douglas
This is an allusion to the idiom of the French language, and is inapplicable in English.
He was the last judge on the Scotch bench to employ the pure Scotch idiom.Virginibus Puerisque|Robert Louis Stevenson
The crusaders carried the prestige of the French name and diffused the French idiom over Europe.The Story of Paris|Thomas Okey
This idiom, borrowed from the Irish, is very common in Anglo-Irish.Legends of Saints & Sinners|Douglas Hyde
Word Origin for idiom
1580s, "form of speech peculiar to a people or place," from Middle French idiome (16c.) and directly from Late Latin idioma "a peculiarity in language," from Greek idioma "peculiarity, peculiar phraseology," from idioumai "to appropriate to oneself," from idios "personal, private," properly "particular to oneself," from PIE *swed-yo-, suffixed form of root *s(w)e-, pronoun of the third person and reflexive (referring back to the subject of a sentence), also used in forms denoting the speaker's social group, "(we our-)selves" (cf. Sanskrit svah, Avestan hva-, Old Persian huva "one's own," khva-data "lord," literally "created from oneself;" Greek hos "he, she, it;" Latin suescere "to accustom, get accustomed," sodalis "companion;" Old Church Slavonic svoji "his, her, its," svojaku "relative, kinsman;" Gothic swes "one's own;" Old Norse sik "oneself;" German Sein; Old Irish fein "self, himself"). Meaning "phrase or expression peculiar to a language" is from 1620s.
A traditional way of saying something. Often an idiom, such as “under the weather,” does not seem to make sense if taken literally. Someone unfamiliar with English idioms would probably not understand that to be “under the weather” is to be sick. (See examples under “Idioms.”)