vernacular

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

adjective

noun


Nearby words

  1. vermonter,
  2. vermouth,
  3. vermouth cassis,
  4. vern,
  5. verna,
  6. vernacularism,
  7. vernacularize,
  8. vernacularly,
  9. vernal,
  10. vernal conjunctivitis

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 formsver·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 Formsvernacularly, adverb

Word Origin for vernacular

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

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Word Origin and History for vernacular

vernacular

adj.

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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