- (of language) native or indigenous (opposed to literary or learned).
- expressed or written in the native language of a place, as literary works: a vernacular poem.
- using such a language: a vernacular speaker.
- of or relating to such a language.
- using plain, everyday, ordinary language.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of architectural vernacular.
- noting or pertaining to the common name for a plant or animal.
- Obsolete. (of a disease) endemic.
- the native speech or language of a place.
- the language or vocabulary peculiar to a class or profession.
- a vernacular word or expression.
- the plain variety of language in everyday use by ordinary people.
- the common name of an animal or plant as distinguished from its Latin scientific name.
- a style of architecture exemplifying the commonest techniques, decorative features, and materials of a particular historical period, region, or group of people.
- any medium or mode of expression that reflects popular taste or indigenous styles.
Origin of vernacular
1595–1605; < Latin vernācul(us) household, domestic, native (apparently adj. use of vernāculus, diminutive of verna slave born in the master's household, though derivation unclear) + -ar1
9, 10. See language.
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- the vernacular the commonly spoken language or dialect of a particular people or place
- a local style of architecture, in which ordinary houses are builtthis architect has re-created a true English vernacular
- relating to, using, or in the vernacular
- designating or relating to the common name of an animal or plant
- built in the local style of ordinary houses, rather than a grand architectural style
C17: from Latin vernāculus belonging to a household slave, from verna household slave
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Word Origin and History for non-vernacular
c.1600, "native to a country," from Latin vernaculus "domestic, native," from verna "home-born slave, native," a word of Etruscan origin. Used in English in the sense of Latin vernacula vocabula, in reference to language.
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