[ id-ee-uh-mat-ik ]
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  1. peculiar to or characteristic of a particular language or dialect: idiomatic French.

  2. containing or using many idioms.

  1. having a distinct style or character, especially in the arts: idiomatic writing; an idiomatic composer.

Origin of idiomatic

1705–15; <Late Greek idiōmatikós, equivalent to idiōmat- (stem of idíōma) idiom + -ikos-ic
  • Also id·i·o·mat·i·cal .

Other words from idiomatic

  • id·i·o·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • id·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/, noun
  • non·id·i·o·mat·ic, adjective
  • non·id·i·o·mat·i·cal, adjective
  • non·id·i·o·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • non·id·i·o·mat·i·cal·ness, noun
  • un·id·i·o·mat·ic, adjective
  • un·id·i·o·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby idiomatic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use idiomatic in a sentence

  • Numberless compound idiomatic phrases have also been given a place, in each case under the head of the significant word.

  • Thats idiomatic French, and means a good deal that you dont understand; I always use it to gals, especially when theyre pretty.

    Three in Norway | James Arthur Lees
  • It was filled with jokes, beneath which were German notes explaining any difficult or idiomatic words and phrases.

    War in the Garden of Eden | Kermit Roosevelt