Definition of idiom

>From the Oxford English Dictionary:


1. a. The form of speech peculiar or proper to a people or country; own
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

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


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Received on Friday, 3 March 2006 00:13:05 UTC