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[vuhl-gair-ee-uh n] /vʌlˈgɛər i ən/
a vulgar person, especially one whose vulgarity is the more conspicuous because of wealth, prominence, or pretensions to good breeding.
Origin of vulgarian
1640-50; vulgar + -ian Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for vulgarian
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  • Did not you marry a low creature,—a vulgarian, a tradesman's daughter?

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Then he thought of his own sister married to that vulgarian, Friedland.

  • One thing is certain, that the man who collects large paper books as large paper books is a vulgarian and a fool.

    The Private Library Arthur L. Humphreys
  • "You see, Hycy, the vulgarian will come out," said his mother.

    The Emigrants Of Ahadarra William Carleton
  • If she offers them every luxury and is not polite, she is a snob and a vulgarian.

    The Art of Entertaining M. E. W. Sherwood
  • Did not you marry a low creature—a vulgarian—a tradesman's daughter?

  • The vulgarian's pleasure lies not in the article itself so much as in the price paid for it.

    Parrot & Co. Harold MacGrath
  • He did not relish having to hobnob in this way with such a vulgarian as a grafting police captain.

    The Third Degree Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
  • Moreover, he is no vulgarian like Nordau, lecturing in a muddy pathological jargon about subjects completely over his head.

    Musical Criticisms Arthur Johnstone
  • Heelless boots with angular toes, wedded to narrow, unstrapped trouser-ends—these denoted the vulgarian.

    Youth Leo Tolstoy
British Dictionary definitions for vulgarian


a vulgar person, esp one who is rich or has pretensions to good taste
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for vulgarian

"rich person of vulgar manners," 1804, from vulgar (adj.) + -ian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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