Vulgar meaning

vŭlgər
Of, characteristic of, belonging to, or common to the great mass of people in general; common; popular.

A vulgar superstition.

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Of or associated with the great masses of people; common.
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Spoken by or expressed in language spoken by the common people; vernacular.

The technical and vulgar names for an animal species.

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Designating, of, or in the popular, or vernacular, speech.
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The definition of vulgar is something that is in poor taste, that lacks in sophistication, that is rude or unrefined, or that is associated with the masses.

An example of vulgar is a very showy demonstration of wealth.

An example of vulgar is a very tacky outfit.

An example of vulgar is a dirty joke.

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(classical sense) Having to do with ordinary, common people.
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
vulgar
Comparative
vulgarer
Superlative
vulgarest

Origin of vulgar

  • Middle English of or relating to the common people from Latin vulgāris from vulgus the common people

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

  • Middle English, from Latin vulgāris, from volgus, vulgus (“mob; common folk"), from Proto-Indo-European *wlÌ¥k- (compare Welsh gwala (“plenty, sufficiency"), Ancient Greek ἁλία (halia, “assembly") εἰλέω (eileō, “ to compress"), Old Church Slavonic вєликъ (velikÅ­, “great").

    From Wiktionary