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Vernacular

Vernacular

WordNet



adjective


(1)   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"

noun


(2)   The everyday speech of the people (as distinguished from literary language)
(3)   A characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)
"They don't speak our lingo"
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Etymology


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Noun



  1. The language of a people, a national language.
    The vernacular of the United States is English.
  2. Everyday speech, including colloquialisms, as opposed to literary or liturgical language.
    Street vernacular can be quite different from what is heard elsewhere.
  3. Language unique to a particular group of people; jargon, argot, slang.
    For those of a certain age, hiphop vernacular might just as well be a foreign language.
  4. The indigenous language of a people, into which the words of the Roman Catholic mass are translated.
    Vatican II allowed the celebration of the mass in the vernacular.