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



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

Related forms

ver·nac·u·lar·ly, adverbnon·ver·nac·u·lar, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vernacular

British Dictionary definitions for vernacular


/ (vəˈnækjʊlə) /


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

Derived Forms

vernacularly, adverb

Word Origin for vernacular

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