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[vuhl-gair-ee-uh n] /vʌlˈgɛər i ən/
a vulgar person, especially one whose vulgarity is the more conspicuous because of wealth, prominence, or pretensions to good breeding.
Origin of vulgarian
First recorded in 1640-50; vulgar + -ian Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for vulgarian
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  • Then he thought of his own sister married to that vulgarian, Friedland.

  • Did not you marry a low creature,—a vulgarian, a tradesman's daughter?

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • "You see, Hycy, the vulgarian will come out," said his mother.

    The Emigrants Of Ahadarra William Carleton
  • Did not you marry a low creature—a vulgarian—a tradesman's daughter?

  • She had the true instinct of it; while I was always a bit of a vulgarian.

  • If she offers them every luxury and is not polite, she is a snob and a vulgarian.

    The Art of Entertaining

    M. E. W. Sherwood
  • Only a vulgarian talks ceaselessly about how much this or that cost him.

    Etiquette Emily Post
  • This sounds like a contradiction of the criticism of the vulgarian.

    Etiquette Emily Post
  • Moreover, he is no vulgarian like Nordau, lecturing in a muddy pathological jargon about subjects completely over his head.

    Musical Criticisms Arthur Johnstone
  • The vulgarian's pleasure lies not in the article itself so much as in the price paid for it.

    Parrot & Co.

    Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for vulgarian


a vulgar person, esp one who is rich or has pretensions to good taste
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for vulgarian

"rich person of vulgar manners," 1804, from vulgar (adj.) + -ian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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