[ 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use idiomatic in a sentence

  • Auld lang syne” is Scottish-Gaelic for “old long since,” or, more idiomatically, “days gone by” or “time long past.

  • It follows that we cannot conclude anything as to the origin of a tale from the fact that it is told idiomatically.

  • The Guicowar speaks English well, not only correctly and fluently, but idiomatically.

    The Last Voyage | Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • He laughed with pleasure and surprise at finding that he could still speak his native tongue quite fluently and idiomatically. '

    Seven Men | Max Beerbohm
  • I had no idea how to render this idiomatically, but I knew that a room 20 ft. square contained 400 square feet.

    If I May | A. A. Milne
  • It is so idiomatically conceived for orchestra that only the barest idea can be gained from a pianoforte transcription.

    Music: An Art and a Language | Walter Raymond Spalding