idiolect

noun id·i·o·lect \ ˈi-dē-ə-ˌlekt \
Updated on: 20 Apr 2018

Definition of idiolect

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

idiolectal

play \ˌi-dē-ə-ˈlek-tᵊl\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of idiolect

idio- + -lect (as in dialect)


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