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vernacular

noun

  1. (slang)  a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)
    Synonyms: argot, cant, jargon, lingo, patois, slang. Type of: non-standard speech
  2. (everyday speech, people)  the everyday speech of the people (as distinguished from literary language)
    Type of: non-standard speech

adjective

Etymology summary

"native to a country", from Latin vernaculus "domestic, native", from verna...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Vernacular

the native language or native dialect of a specific population, as opposed to a language of wider communication that is a second language or foreign language to the population, such as a national language, standard language, or lingua franca. The term... (41 of 5363 words, 4 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Vernacular

Vernacular (disambiguation)

may refer to: Vernacular, the indigenous or local form of a language African American Vernacular English | Vernacular literature Written vernacular Chinese | Vernacular Orientation | Vernacular architecture Estonian vernacular architecture | Indian ... (29 of 110 words, 13 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Vernacular (disambiguation)

Collins Dictionary:

vernacular | the vernacular [sense-specific] | vernacularly [adverb, derived]

See "the vernacular" | a local style of architecture, in which ordinary houses are built | relating to, using, or in the vernacular | designating or ... (23 of 457 words, 5 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/vernacular

Merriam-Webster:

vernacular [entry 1, adjective] | conversational [synonym, sense-specific] | informal [synonym, sense-specific] | nonformal [synonym, sense-specific] | nonliterary [synonym, sense-specific] | unbookish [synonym, sense-specific] | unliterary [synonym, sense-specific] | colloquial [synonym, sense-specific] | vulgar [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

using a language or dialect native to a region or country rather than a ... | applied to a plant or animal in the common native speech as ... (27 of 403 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/vernacular

vernacular [entry 2, noun]

a vernacular language, expression, or mode of expression; an expression or ... | the mode of expression of a group or class | a common name of a plant ... (27 of 324 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/vernacular show=1

American Heritage Dictionary:

vernacular | vernacularly [adverb, related]

The standard native language of a country or locality. | The everyday language spoken by a people as distinguished from the literary language. | A ... (23 of 183 words, 12 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/vernacular

Random House Dictionary:

vernacular

[language] native or indigenous (opposed to "literary" or "learned"). | expressed or written in the native language of a place, as literary works. | ... (22 of 175 words, 15 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/vernacular

Oxford Dictionary:

vernacular | the vernacular | vernacularism [derived] | vernacularity [derived] | vernacularize [derived] | vernacularly [derived]

(usually "the vernacular") : the language or dialect spoken by the ordinary people of a country or region | [with adjective or noun modifier, ... (23 of 168 words, 6 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/vernacular

New World Dictionary:

vernacular | vernacularly [adverb, related]

using the native language of a country or place | commonly spoken by the people of a particular country or place | of or in the native language | ... (26 of 141 words, 9 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/vernacular

Cambridge Dictionary:

vernacular

the form of a language that a regional or other group of speakers use naturally, especially in informal situations | [specialized] in architecture, a ... (23 of 101 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/vernacular

Wiktionary:

vernacular | vernaculars [plural] | argot [synonym, sense-specific] | jargon [synonym, sense-specific] | slang [synonym, sense-specific] | common [synonym, sense-specific] | everyday [synonym, sense-specific] | indigenous [synonym, sense-specific] | ordinary [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

The language of a people, a national language. | Everyday speech, including colloquialisms, as opposed to literary or liturgical language. | Language unique to a particular group of people; jargon, argot. | [Roman Catholic, uncountable] The indigenous ... (34 of 63 words, 5 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/vernacular

Macmillan British Dictionary:

vernacular [countable, usually singular] | vernaculars [plural]

the language spoken by a particular group or in a particular area, when it's different from the formal written language (20 of 51 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/vernacular

Encarta Dictionary:

vernacular | vernaculars [plural]

the everyday language of the people in a country or region, as distinct from official or formal language | the common spoken language of a people, as ... (26 of 130 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861733871​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

vernacular

First use: about 1600

Origin: "native to a country", from Latin vernaculus "domestic, native", from verna "home-born slave, native", a word of Etruscan origin. Used ... (22 of 35 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=vernacular

Wiktionary:

vernacular | vernaculars [plural]

Origin: 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)").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/vernacular

New World Dictionary:

vernacular

Origin: Latin vernaculus, belonging to home-born slaves, indigenous from verna, a native slave, probably from Etruscan *versna, hearth from verse, fire

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/vernacular

Collins Dictionary:

vernacular

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Latin vernāculus belonging to a household slave, from verna household slave

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/vernacular

American Heritage Dictionary:

vernacular

Origin: From Latin vernāculus, native, from verna, native slave, perhaps of Etruscan origin.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/vernacular

Oxford Dictionary:

vernacular | the vernacular

First use: early 17th century

Origin: Latin vernaculus "domestic, native" (from verna "home-born slave") + "-ar1"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/vernacular

Merriam-Webster:

vernacular [entry 1, adjective]

First use: 1601

Origin: Latin vernaculus native, from verna slave born in the master's house, native

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/vernacular

Encarta Dictionary:

vernacular | vernaculars [plural]

First use: Early 17th century

Origin: Latin vernaculus "native" from verna "native-born slave"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861733871​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

vernacular

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "vernacular"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/vernacular

Cambridge Dictionary:

vernacular

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "vernacular"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "vernacular"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/vernacular

Macmillan American Dictionary:

vernacular [countable, usually singular] | vernaculars [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "vernacular"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/vernacular

Macmillan British Dictionary:

vernacular [countable, usually singular] | vernaculars [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "vernacular"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/vernacular

the Free Dictionary:

vernacular

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "vernacular"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "vernacular"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "vernacular" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/vernacular

Google Dictionary:

vernacular | vernaculars [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "vernacular"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=vernacular

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

vernacular

Audio: North American pronunciation of "vernacular"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=vernac​01 word=vernacular

YourDictionary Audio:

vernacular

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "vernacular" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/vernacular

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