[ id-ee-uh-mat-ik ]
/ ˌɪd i əˈmæt ɪk /


peculiar to or characteristic of a particular language or dialect: idiomatic French.
containing or using many idioms.
having a distinct style or character, especially in the arts: idiomatic writing; an idiomatic composer.

Nearby words

  1. idioisoagglutinin,
  2. idioisolysin,
  3. idiolect,
  4. idiolysin,
  5. idiom,
  6. idiomorphic,
  7. idiomuscular contraction,
  8. idiopathic,
  9. idiopathic aldosteronism,
  10. idiopathic epilepsy

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 forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for idiomatic



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper