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Colloquialism vs. Idiom

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Main Difference

The main difference between Colloquialism and Idiom is that the Colloquialism is a language that is used in daily life and Idiom is a combination of words that has a figurative meaning.

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  • Colloquialism (noun)

    A colloquial word or phrase; a common spoken expression, often regional.

  • Idiom (noun)

    A manner of speaking, a mode of expression peculiar to a language, person, or group of people.

  • Idiom (noun)

    A language or language variety; specifically, a restricted dialect used in a given historical period, context etc.

  • Idiom (noun)

    An established expression whose meaning is not deducible from the literal meanings of its component words, often peculiar to a given language.

  • Idiom (noun)

    An artistic style (for example, in art, architecture, or music); an instance of such a style.

  • Idiom (noun)

    A programming construct or phraseology that is characteristic of the language.

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  • Colloquialism (noun)

    a word or phrase that is not formal or literary and is used in ordinary or familiar conversation

    "the colloquialisms of the streets"

  • Colloquialism (noun)

    the use of colloquialisms

    "speech allows for colloquialism and slang"

  • Idiom (noun)

    a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words (e.g. over the moon, see the light).

  • Idiom (noun)

    a form of expression natural to a language, person, or group of people

    "he had a feeling for phrase and idiom"

  • Idiom (noun)

    the dialect of a people or part of a country.

  • Idiom (noun)

    a characteristic mode of expression in music or art

    "they were both working in a neo-impressionist idiom"

Oxford Dictionary
  • Colloquialism (noun)

    A colloquial expression, not employed in formal discourse or writing.

  • Idiom (noun)

    The syntactical or structural form peculiar to any language; the genius or cast of a language.

  • Idiom (noun)

    An expression conforming or appropriate to the peculiar structural form of a language.

  • Idiom (noun)

    A combination of words having a meaning peculiar to itself and not predictable as a combination of the meanings of the individual words, but sanctioned by usage; as, an idiomatic expression; less commonly, a single word used in a peculiar sense.

  • Idiom (noun)

    The phrase forms peculiar to a particular author; as, written in his own idiom.

  • Idiom (noun)

    Dialect; a variant form of a language.

Webster Dictionary
  • Colloquialism (noun)

    a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

  • Idiom (noun)

    a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language

  • Idiom (noun)

    the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people;

    "the immigrants spoke an odd dialect of English"

    "he has a strong German accent"

  • Idiom (noun)

    the style of a particular artist or school or movement;

    "an imaginative orchestral idiom"

  • Idiom (noun)

    an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up

Princeton's WordNet

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