Idiolect Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster

idiolect

noun
id·​i·​o·​lect | \ ˈi-dē-ə-ˌlekt How to pronounce idiolect (audio) \

Definition of idiolect

: the language or speech pattern of one individual at a particular period of life

Other Words from idiolect

idiolectal \ ˌi-​dē-​ə-​ˈlek-​tᵊl How to pronounce idiolect (audio) \ adjective

Examples of idiolect in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And then there’s his inborn ear for every shade of human babble, here a transcendent four-hander, there a screwball travelogue, everywhere argot and idiolect and argument. New York Times, 23 Apr. 2020 His writing conveys an extraordinary ear for accent, rhythm, and idiolect. Maya Jasanoff, The New Republic, 22 Aug. 2019 Kathleen is relentlessly animated and quick-witted, with thick tangerine hair, steely eyes, and an endearing personal idiolect that suggests both an autodidactic reading in philosophy and economics and the gusty crudity of the merchant marine. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, 18 June 2018 Sign up for the Backchannel newsletter Movies & TV Dialect coach Erik Singer takes a look at idiolects, better known as the specific way one individual speaks. Jason Parham, WIRED, 21 June 2018 Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories Movies & TV Dialect coach Erik Singer takes a look at idiolects, better known as the specific way one individual speaks. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, 8 June 2018 Netflix has been doing that plenty Movies & TV Dialect coach Erik Singer takes a look at idiolects, better known as the specific way one individual speaks. Brian Barrett, WIRED, 2 May 2018 Movies & TV Dialect coach Erik Singer takes a look at idiolects, better known as the specific way one individual speaks. Wired Staff, WIRED, 7 Apr. 2018 Not since Ghostface Killah or E-40 has a rapper invented such a cryptic and psychedelic idiolect. Jeff Weiss, latimes.com, 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of idiolect

1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for idiolect

idio- + -lect (as in dialect)

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The first known use of idiolect was in 1948

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Idiolect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/idiolect. Accessed 25 Nov. 2021.

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