Vernacular

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  • Pronunciation: \və(r)-ˈna-kyə-lər\
  • Function: adjective
  • Etymology: Latin vernaculus native, from verna slave born in the master's house, native
  • Date: 1601

Definitions

  • 1 a : using a language or dialect native to a region or country rather than a literary, cultured, or foreign language
b : of, relating to, or being a nonstandard language or dialect of a place, region, or country
c : of, relating to, or being the normal spoken form of a language
  • 2 : applied to a plant or animal in the common native speech as distinguished from the Latin nomenclature of scientific classification <the vernacular name>
  • 3 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a period, place, or group; especially : of, relating to, or being the common building style of a period or place <vernacular architecture>

— ver·nac·u·lar·ly adverb

Synonyms

  • common
  • everyday
  • indigenous
  • ordinary
  • vulgar