Vernacular Definition

The native language or dialect of a country or place.
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The common, everyday language of ordinary people in a particular locality.
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A variety of such everyday language specific to a social group or region.
The vernaculars of New York City.
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The shoptalk or idiom of a profession or trade.
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A vernacular word or term.
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Commonly spoken by the people of a particular country or place.
A vernacular, as distinguished from the literary, dialect.
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Using the native language of a country or place.
A vernacular writer.
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Of or in the native language.
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Native to a country or region.
The vernacular arts of Brittany.
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Of or being an indigenous building style using local materials and traditional methods of construction and ornament, especially as distinguished from academic or historical architectural styles.
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Origin of Vernacular

  • From Latin vernāculus (“domestic, indigenous, of or pertaining to home-born slaves"), from verna (“a native, a home-born slave (one born in his master's house)").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Latin vernāculus native from verna native slave perhaps of Etruscan origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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