Origin of vulgar
Synonyms for vulgar
- of, relating to, or current among the great mass of common people, in contrast to the educated, cultured, or privileged; ordinary
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the vulgar
Word Origin for vulgar
late 14c., "common, ordinary," from Latin vulgaris "of or pertaining to the common people, common, vulgar," from vulgus "the common people, multitude, crowd, throng," from PIE root *wel- "to crowd, throng" (cf. Sanskrit vargah "division, group," Greek eilein "to press, throng," Middle Breton gwal'ch "abundance," Welsh gwala "sufficiency, enough"). Meaning "coarse, low, ill-bred" is first recorded 1640s, probably from earlier use (with reference to people) with meaning "belonging to the ordinary class" (1530).