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idiolect

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Pronunciation: /ˈɪdɪəlɛkt
 
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Definition of idiolect in English:

noun

The speech habits peculiar to a particular person: in his strange idiolect, he preferred to call angels ‘angelicals’
More example sentences
  • Thus, while idiolects (or the speech of individuals) considered in isolation might seem random, the speech community as a whole behaved regularly.
  • So either these preposterous imitations of English have been produced by infiltrators from some parallel universe, or this is one of those little corners of the language where idiolects differ.
  • Our register and our idiom intersect to form our idiolects - the various dialects, if you like, that we can all speak.

Origin

1940s: from idio- 'own, personal' + -lect as in dialect.

Words that rhyme with idiolect

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