Adjective "idiomatic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Using, containing, or denoting expressions that are natural to a native speaker.
  1. 'I'll try to translate this love song with an eye on idiomatic expressions rendered at least comprehensible and maybe even give it a little poetry.'
  2. 'A common antebellum designation for the country, these United States survived in the 20th century in folksy idiomatic usage.'
  3. 'E-mail translation services are already available on a number of Web sites, and although their treatment of idiomatic expressions leaves something to be desired, the basic technology is in place.'
  4. 'In the Russian culture, the colour with the biggest variety of negative connotations reflected in idiomatic expressions is black.'
  5. 'This is comparable to attempting a critical analysis of Shakespeare's Elizabethan phraseology and idiomatic expression in Chinese, while ignoring the relevance of the English language!'
  6. 'Aside from this special interpretation of parallel modification, English seems to be deficient in easy or idiomatic ways to talk about the properties of relations as distinct from the properties of the items related.'
  7. 'And when we get to the difference between being in town and being on campus, or for that matter the difference between being in time and being on time, we're pretty clearly in the realm of idiomatic phrasal patterns.'
  8. 'One important component of successful language learning is the mastery of idiomatic forms of expression, including idioms, collocations, and sentence frames (collectively referred to here as formulaic sequences).'
  9. 'The idiomatic expression ‘for the birds’ is common enough to crop up in everyday conversation.'
  10. 'In addition to drawing on family stories and memories in his writing, Forbes also culls stories and phrases from African American oral tradition and frequently employs colloquial and idiomatic language in his poetry.'
Appropriate to the style of art or music associated with a particular period, individual, or group.
  1. 'Just to prove that the United States is a melting pot, they give idiomatic performances of this quintessentially American music!'
  2. 'When his music is performed with conviction, vocal beauty, and idiomatic French style Faust can still provide an engrossing evening of musical theater.'
  3. 'Both of the Evening Canticles are in his own idiomatic style, and hark back, in different ways, to ancient, time-hallowed chant.'
  4. 'The Turin tablatures contain a similar range of music notated in new German keyboard tablature rather than staff notation, including transcriptions of motets and madrigals as well as idiomatic keyboard music.'
  5. 'Rather than hard driving, power pounding brilliance, the duo-pianists brought musicality and idiomatic style to a memorable performance.'
  6. 'Talich was not a showy musician, and perhaps his greatest strength, apart from his natural talent as a conductor, was his dedication to presenting idiomatic performances of music with which he had a personal relationship.'
  7. 'Definitely a fine orchestra, Cassuto and his forces give idiomatic interpretations of Bomtempo's music, my sole reservation being a sagging of momentum in the Trio section of the 2nd Symphony's Minuetto.'
  8. 'Lippa's music, though idiomatic, is not rich in melody, depending largely on rhythm and harmony.'
  9. 'His brilliant rhythmic dexterity and idiomatic sense of Prokofiev's ‘Music of New Russia’ captured the sarcasm and biting wit of the Scherzo: Allegro marcato.'
  10. 'Neil Bartlett is taking his leave as artistic director in great style, with his elegantly idiomatic translation of one of Molière's greatest plays, and a production that is among the very best Molière I've seen.'


1. peculiar to or characteristic of a particular language or dialect: idiomatic French.

2. containing or using many idioms.

3. having a distinct style or character, especially in the arts: idiomatic writing; an idiomatic composer.

More examples(as adjective)

"expressions can be idiomatic."

"phrases can be idiomatic."

"englishs can be idiomatic."

"readings can be idiomatic."

"performances can be idiomatic."

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Early 18th century: from Greek idiōmatikos ‘peculiar, characteristic’, from idiōma (see idiom).