follow Dictionary.com

Word of the Day
Saturday, April 06, 2013

Definitions for idiolect

  1. a person's individual speech pattern. Compare dialect (def. 1).

Learn something
new every day


GET OUR


Thank youfor signing up
Get the Word of the Day Email
Citations for idiolect
Marvin Spevack's recent Shakespeare Thesaurus attempts to classify the whole of Shakespeare's vocabulary in order to reveal Shakespeare's idiolect: the linguistic system peculiar to Shakespeare." William Shakespeare, introduction by Peter Hobley Davison, "Introduction," The First Quarto of King Richard III, 1996
That Elderly ambassador...had said "Avice Benner Cho, is it?" with a cadence so splendidly stilted it had become part of my internal idiolect, so whenever I introduced myself by my full name, a little is it? trailed the words in my head, in her voice. China Miéville, Embassytown, 2011
Origin of idiolect
1945-1950
Idiolect is the blend of the Greek idio + legein literally meaning "personal speak."