ETYM Latin dicto a saying, a word, from dicere, dictum, to say; akin to dicare to proclaim, and to Eng. teach, token: cf. French diction. Related to Teach, Benison, Dedicate, Index, Judge, Preach, Vengeance.
The choice of words or phrasing.
The quality of enunciation or pronunciation.
ETYM French idiome, Latin idioma, from Greek idioma, from idioyn to make a person's own, to make proper or peculiar.
An expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up; SYN. idiomatic expression, phrasal idiom, set phrase, phrase.
Language or dialect peculiar to a people, region, class, etc.; linguistic expression peculiar to itself in form, grammar, etc.; style of artistic expression characteristic of a person, period, medium etc.
Any expression that is peculiar to a language and cannot be translated or interpreted literally.
ETYM Old Fren., from French parler to speak. Related to Parley.
A manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language; SYN. idiom.
ETYM Greek phrasis phrase + -logy: cf. French phraséologie.
1. Manner of expression; peculiarity of diction; style.
2. A collection of phrases; a phrase book.
Study of phrases.
ETYM Old Eng. stile, French style, Of. also stile, Latin stilus a style or writing instrument, manner or writing, mode of expression; probably for stiglus, meaning, a pricking instrument, and akin to Eng. stick.
1. A particular kind (as to appearance).
2. A slender bristlelike or tubular process.
3. The narrow elongated part of the pistil between the ovary and the stigma.
In flowers, the part of the carpel bearing the stigma at its tip. In some flowers it is very short or completely lacking, while in others it may be long and slender, positioning the stigma in the most effective place to receive the pollen.
Usually the style withers after fertilization but in certain species, such as rock clematis Clematis verticillaris, it develops into a long feathery plume that aids dispersal of the fruit.
Ancient writing instrument with one sharp and one blunt end; Botany stalklike outgrowth of ovary bearing stigma.