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[vuhl-gair-ee-uh n]
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  1. a vulgar person, especially one whose vulgarity is the more conspicuous because of wealth, prominence, or pretensions to good breeding.
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Origin of vulgarian

First recorded in 1640–50; vulgar + -ian
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Related Words for vulgarian

boorish, rude, gruff, ribald, vulgar, off-color, obscene, raw, dirty, crude, scatological, nasty, bawdy, crass, bumpkin, buffoon, slob, brute, blue, gross

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Historical Examples of vulgarian

  • Then he thought of his own sister married to that vulgarian, Friedland.

    Dreamers of the Ghetto

    I. Zangwill

  • Did not you marry a low creature,—a vulgarian, a tradesman's daughter?

    My Novel, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • "You see, Hycy, the vulgarian will come out," said his mother.

  • Did not you marry a low creature—a vulgarian—a tradesman's daughter?

  • She had the true instinct of it; while I was always a bit of a vulgarian.

British Dictionary definitions for vulgarian


  1. a vulgar person, esp one who is rich or has pretensions to good taste
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Word Origin and History for vulgarian


"rich person of vulgar manners," 1804, from vulgar (adj.) + -ian.

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