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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How to use Vulgar Latin in a sentence
We cannot indeed ascertain in what degree the Vulgar Latin differed from that of Cicero or Seneca.
This is sufficiently proven by the lingua coquinaria, the Vulgar Latin of our old work.Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome | Apicius
The line of reasoning which the Romance philologist follows in his study of Vulgar Latin is equally convincing.
It is true that formal Latin came from a Latin of a more popular and a cruder character, but it did not come from Vulgar Latin.
It is true that Vulgar Latin came from a Latin with fuller and freer forms, but it did not come from formal Latin.
British Dictionary definitions for Vulgar Latin
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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