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idiomatic

[id-ee-uh-mat-ik]
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adjective
  1. peculiar to or characteristic of a particular language or dialect: idiomatic French.
  2. containing or using many idioms.
  3. having a distinct style or character, especially in the arts: idiomatic writing; an idiomatic composer.
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Also id·i·o·mat·i·cal.

Origin of idiomatic

1705–15; < Late Greek idiōmatikós, equivalent to idiōmat- (stem of idíōma) idiom + -ikos -ic
Related formsid·i·o·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbid·i·o·mat·i·cal·ness, id·i·o·ma·tic·i·ty [id-ee-oh-muh-tis-i-tee] /ˌɪd i oʊ məˈtɪs ɪ ti/, nounnon·id·i·o·mat·ic, adjectivenon·id·i·o·mat·i·cal, adjectivenon·id·i·o·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·id·i·o·mat·i·cal·ness, nounun·id·i·o·mat·ic, adjectiveun·id·i·o·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for idiomatic

adj.

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

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