Origin of idiom
Examples from the Web for idioms
Other people did it, in their day, using their own icons and idioms.
His English needs straightening somewhat, for, while the words are ours, the idioms are sometimes decidedly Chinese.
Ken tried to cover the professor's lack of familiarity with American idioms.The Year When Stardust Fell|Raymond F. Jones
Accordingly an open, flowing style (arpeggio) is one of the idioms best suited to its nature.Music: An Art and a Language|Walter Raymond Spalding
In three months I could not only express my meaning, but I could use the idioms of the people.The Exploits Of Brigadier Gerard|Arthur Conan Doyle
A number of idioms and turns of expression throughout the book show that its author belonged to some branch of the Teutonic race.
British Dictionary definitions for idioms
Word Origin for idiom
Word Origin and History for idioms
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.
Culture definitions for idioms
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.”)