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vernacular

ver·nac·u·lar

vernacular

 
 
pronunciation:
vr naek y lr
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: spoken by the native or common people of a region or country.
The vernacular form of the language differed a good deal from the officially recognized form.
synonyms:
vulgar
similar words:
common, regional, substandard
definition 2: of, relating to, or spoken or written in the common, everyday language of a people or region.
Vernacular poetry appealed to her young pupil more than the classical verses she'd tried to interest him in.
synonyms:
vulgar
similar words:
barbarous, colloquial, common, informal, local, native, popular, substandard
 
part of speech: noun
definition: the language spoken by the native or common people in a region or country, esp. as opposed to a literary or official language.
The Renaissance saw the beginnings of the use of the vernacular in literary writings.
synonyms:
idiom, language
similar words:
argot, dialect, lingo, parlance, patois, speech, talk, tongue, vulgate
derivation: vernacularly (adv.)