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vernacular

[ ver-nak-yuh-ler, vuh-nak- ]
/ vərˈnæk yə lər, vəˈnæk- /
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adjective

noun

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Origin of vernacular

First recorded in 1595–1605; from Latin vernācul(us), “household, domestic, native” (apparently adjective use of vernāculus, diminutive of verna “slave born in the master's household”; further origin uncertain) + -ar1

synonym study for vernacular

9, 10. See language.

OTHER WORDS FROM vernacular

ver·nac·u·lar·ly, adverbnon·ver·nac·u·lar, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for vernacular

vernacular
/ (vəˈnækjʊlə) /

noun

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

adjective

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

Derived forms of vernacular

vernacularly, adverb

Word Origin for vernacular

C17: from Latin vernāculus belonging to a household slave, from verna household slave
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