(of language) native to a place (opposed to literary).
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 local styles.
- ver·nac·u·lar·ly, adverb
- non·ver·nac·u·lar, adjective
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How to use vernacular in a sentence
A millennial who came to South Korea 10 years ago, she has adapted her accent and vernacular to sound like a local, including using the ubiquitous English loanwords that are never used in North Korea.
The concept in science is a bit different than the everyday vernacular.How Machine Learning Made Hops-Free Hoppy Beer (and Other SynBio Wonders) Possible | Shelly Fan | October 6, 2020 | Singularity Hub
Such wide-reaching adoption is possible because language models, the engines behind natural language processing, can be trained to learn a specific vernacular.From support function to growth engine: The future of AI and customer service | Jason Sparapani | September 17, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
These companies have been in a four-year race to gather data in local languages, develop chatbots and voice recognition tools, and help businesses communicate with customers in their own vernacular.Millions of Indians are getting connected to an internet they can’t use | Nicolás Rivero | September 10, 2020 | Quartz
Seeing the opportunity to cash in on TikTok’s audience, vernacular language social network platform ShareChat launched Moj, entertainment company Zee5 released HiPi, and music-streaming giant Gaana created HotShots.Indian TikTok copycats are hardly a match for the real deal | Ananya Bhattacharya | August 20, 2020 | Quartz
And every word has a definition, even if the phrase is viewed as one way in the vernacular.
It is not, as Hoeke claimed, “slang” pulled from American hip-hop vernacular and wittily included in her magazine.
It was amusing, it was in my vernacular, and the atmosphere held great emotional resonance for me.
For me, no friend represents this new vernacular of modern manhood more than David Black.
Anytime boys, even girls, use femininity as a vernacular people are judged harshly.
Acquinoshinee, or United People, the vernacular name of the Iroquois for their confederacy.The Indian in his Wigwam | Henry R. Schoolcraft
One of the maxims of Greek business life, translated into the American vernacular, is 'Put out the other fellow's eye.'The Old World in the New | Edward Alsworth Ross
Sometimes we trod on "duck boards" as the Americans call them, or "bath mats" in the Britisher's vernacular, laid end to end.The Glory of The Coming | Irvin S. Cobb
There are two classes of these: those to whom it is vernacular, and those who learn it in addition to their own language.Introduction to the Science of Sociology | Robert E. Park
Do you agree with the prediction that within a century English will be the vernacular of a quarter of the people of the world?Introduction to the Science of Sociology | Robert E. Park
British Dictionary definitions for vernacular
the vernacular the commonly spoken language or dialect of a particular people or place
a local style of architecture, in which ordinary houses are built: this 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
- vernacularly, adverb
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