[vuhl-geyt, -git]
the Latin version of the Bible, prepared chiefly by Saint Jerome at the end of the 4th century a.d., and used as the authorized version of the Roman Catholic Church.
(lowercase) any commonly recognized text or version of a work.
of or pertaining to the Vulgate.
(lowercase) commonly used or accepted; common.

< Late Latin vulgāta (editiō) popular (edition); vulgāta, feminine past participle of vulgāre to make common, publish, derivative of vulgus the public. See vulgar, -ate1 Unabridged
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vulgate (ˈvʌlɡeɪt, -ɡɪt)
1.  a commonly recognized text or version
2.  everyday or informal speech; the vernacular
3.  generally accepted; common

Vulgate (ˈvʌlɡeɪt, -ɡɪt)
a.  (from the 13th century onwards) the fourth-century version of the Bible produced by Jerome, partly by translating the original languages, and partly by revising the earlier Latin text based on the Greek versions
 b.  (as modifier): the Vulgate version
[C17: from Medieval Latin Vulgāta, from Late Latin vulgāta editiō popular version (of the Bible), from Latin vulgāre to make common, from vulgus the common people]

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, Latin translation of the Bible, especially that completed in 405 by St. Jerome (c.340-420), from M.L. Vulgata, from L.L. vulgata "common, general, ordinary, popular" (in vulgata editio "popular edition"), from L. vulgata, fem. pp. of vulgare "make common or public," from vulgus "the common people"
(see vulgar). So called because the translations made the book accessible to the common people of ancient Rome.
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Encyclopedia Britannica


(from the Latin editio vulgata: "common version"), Latin Bible used by the Roman Catholic Church, primarily translated by St. Jerome. In 382 Pope Damasus commissioned Jerome, the leading biblical scholar of his day, to produce an acceptable Latin version of the Bible from the various translations then being used. His revised Latin translation of the Gospels appeared about 383. Using the Septuagint Greek version of the Old Testament, he produced new Latin translations of the Psalms (the so-called Gallican Psalter), the Book of Job, and some other books. Later, he decided that the Septuagint was unsatisfactory and began translating the entire Old Testament from the original Hebrew versions, a process that he completed about 405.

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