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Definition of idiom

From: John M Slatin <john_slatin@austin.utexas.edu>
Date: Thu, 2 Mar 2006 18:13:00 -0600
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>From the Oxford English Dictionary:

Idiom:

1. a. The form of speech peculiar or proper to a people or country; own
language
b. In narrower sense: That variety of a language which is peculiar to a
limited district or class of people; dialect.
[...]
3. a. A form of expression, grammatical construction, phrase, etc.,
peculiar to a language; a peculiarity of phraseology approved by the
usage of a language,
and often having a signification other than its grammatical or logical
one.


All of these date from the 1600s or earlier. #3  is the one closest to
our current/proposed definitions.

John

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