[ vuhl-gair-ee-uhn ]
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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.

Origin of vulgarian

First recorded in 1640–50; vulgar + -ian

Words Nearby vulgarian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use vulgarian in a sentence

  • An utterly undeserving wretch defeated a neophyte vulgarian.

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  • Aye,’ ses he, ‘and it makes the monied vulgarian think he is as good as those who only tolerate him.

  • If she offers them every luxury and is not polite, she is a snob and a vulgarian.

    The Art of Entertaining | M. E. W. Sherwood
  • "I'm plain vulgarian," he laughed to his wife one morning as he started to work.

    A Man's Hearth | Eleanor M. Ingram
  • He did not relish having to hobnob in this way with such a vulgarian as a grafting police captain.

    The Third Degree | Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
  • Heelless boots with angular toes, wedded to narrow, unstrapped trouser-ends—these denoted the vulgarian.

    Youth | Leo Tolstoy

British Dictionary definitions for vulgarian


/ (vʌlˈɡɛərɪən) /

  1. a vulgar person, esp one who is rich or has pretensions to good taste

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