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vernacular

[ver-nak-yuh-ler, vuh-nak-] /vərˈnæk yə lər, vəˈnæk-/
adjective
1.
(of language) native or indigenous (opposed to literary or learned).
2.
expressed or written in the native language of a place, as literary works:
a vernacular poem.
3.
using such a language:
a vernacular speaker.
4.
of or pertaining to such a language.
5.
using plain, everyday, ordinary language.
6.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of architectural vernacular.
7.
noting or pertaining to the common name for a plant or animal.
8.
Obsolete. (of a disease) endemic.
noun
9.
the native speech or language of a place.
10.
the language or vocabulary peculiar to a class or profession.
11.
a vernacular word or expression.
12.
the plain variety of language in everyday use by ordinary people.
13.
the common name of an animal or plant as distinguished from its Latin scientific name.
14.
a style of architecture exemplifying the commonest techniques, decorative features, and materials of a particular historical period, region, or group of people.
15.
any medium or mode of expression that reflects popular taste or indigenous styles.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin vernācul(us) household, domestic, native (apparently adj. use of vernāculus, diminutive of verna slave born in the master's household, though derivation unclear) + -ar1
Related forms
vernacularly, adverb
nonvernacular, adjective
Synonyms
9, 10. See language.
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Examples from the web for vernacular
  • We are literally developing a new vernacular, a new language, for communication.
  • It's a confusing amalgam of symbols and verbs, a vernacular all of its own that isn't immediately accessible.
  • Welch's range is not wide and her voice has a mournful, vernacular quality.
  • Our priest said that he didn't go for the vernacular because it was vulgar.
  • The art part is a triggered awareness that the world teems with vernacular loveliness.
  • Well, over there, they do not have a vernacular press.
  • Words can mean one thing when applied in a specialized context, and quite another in the vernacular.
  • Our national vernacular is filled with antiblack euphemisms, but cosmopolitan isn't one of them.
  • vernacular houses may be completely free of ornamentation or may have a few elements of a certain style.
British Dictionary definitions for vernacular

vernacular

/vəˈnækjʊlə/
noun
1.
the vernacular, the commonly spoken language or dialect of a particular people or place
2.
a local style of architecture, in which ordinary houses are built: this architect has re-created a true English vernacular
adjective
3.
relating to, using, or in the vernacular
4.
designating or relating to the common name of an animal or plant
5.
built in the local style of ordinary houses, rather than a grand architectural style
Derived Forms
vernacularly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vernāculus belonging to a household slave, from verna household slave
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Word Origin and History for vernacular
adj.

c.1600, "native to a country," from Latin vernaculus "domestic, native," from verna "home-born slave, native," a word of Etruscan origin. Used in English in the sense of Latin vernacula vocabula, in reference to language.

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