Definitions for: Vernacular


[n] the everyday speech of the people (as distinguished from literary language)
[n] a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"
[adj] being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language; "common parlance"; "a vernacular term"; "vernacular speakers"; "the vulgar tongue of the masses"; "the technical and vulgar names for an animal species"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ver*nac"u*lar, a. [L. vernaculus born in one's
house, native, fr. verna a slave born in his master's house,
a native, probably akin to Skr. vas to dwell, E. was.]
Belonging to the country of one's birth; one's own by birth
or nature; native; indigenous; -- now used chiefly of
language; as, English is our vernacular language. ``A
vernacular disease.'' --Harvey.

His skill the vernacular dialect of the Celtic tongue.
--Fuller.

Which in our vernacular idiom may be thus interpreted.
--Pope.


Ver*nac"u*lar, n.
The vernacular language; one's mother tongue; often, the
common forms of expression in a particular locality.

Synonyms: argot, cant, common, informal, jargon, lingo, patois, slang, vulgar

See Also: non-standard speech, rhyming slang

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