a combining form meaning “proper to one,” “peculiar,” used in the formation of compound words:
combining form
indicating peculiarity, isolation, or that which pertains to an individual person or thing: idiolect

word-forming element meaning “one’s own, personal, distinct,” from Greek idio-, comb. form of idios “own, personal, private, one’s own” (see idiom).

idio- pref.

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