vernacular

[ver-nak-yuh-ler, vuh-nak-]
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; < 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

vernacularly, adverb
nonvernacular, adjective


9, 10. See language.
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vernacular (vəˈnækjʊlə)
 
n
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
 
adj
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
 
[C17: from Latin vernāculus belonging to a household slave, from verna household slave]
 
ver'nacularly
 
adv

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vernacular
c.1600, "native to a country," from L. 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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Example sentences
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.
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