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Vulgar Latin

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noun

popular Latin, as distinguished from literary or standard Latin, especially those spoken forms of Latin from which the Romance languages developed. Abbreviation: VL

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Origin of Vulgar Latin

First recorded in 1810–20
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Vulgar Latin

noun

any of the dialects of Latin spoken in the Roman Empire other than classical Latin. The Romance languages developed from them
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