from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Plural form of idiolect.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word idiolects.


  • It is natural that he becomes a gifted mimic of adult idiolects.

    Mother's Milk by Edward St Aubyn 2011

  • From a purely descriptive point of view, "languages" and "dialects" are simply arbitrary groups of similar idiolects.

    Two by Adams Michael Turton 2009

  • It turns out that wine writers use three kinds of confusing words: jargon (technical terms about wine), dialects (terminology common to a group of wine writers), and idiolects (terms that a single wine writer comes up with; if sufficiently popular, idiolects can get shared and become dialects).

    Archive 2008-01-01 2008

  • Creaky voice manifests itself in the idiolects of some American English speakers, particularly at the beginnings of sentences that the speaker wishes to "soft-pedal".

    Archive 2007-07-01 Ann Althouse 2007

  • These people speak two different idiolects, and their intuitions only support hypotheses about what each individual means by “a lie” (Lycan 2006, 164-65).

    A Priori Justification and Knowledge Russell, Bruce 2007

  • A large number of people, myself included, can't say 'comprised of', because it's ungrammatical in our idiolects. JOURNAL OF WELSH STUDIES. 2005

  • I have heard both pronunciations, but cannot vouch for the "quality" of the speakers' idiolects. ALTERNATE NOBELS. 2005

  • But googling finds a small corpus of "think full well" ("If you think full well that what you are doing is any different...") and "thinking full well" ("I went home thinking full well that we had gotten there in time"), so it clearly is part of some people's idiolects. THINKING FULL WELL. 2004

  • For these reasons, if linguists countenance countable languages at all, they usually think in terms of idiolects or languages in some other technical sense of the word.

    Idiolects Barber, Alex 2004

  • This seems paradoxical given the individualism that seems to follow from taking idiolects rather than shared languages as one's focus.

    Idiolects Barber, Alex 2004


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.