[ vuhl-geyt, -git ]
/ ˈvʌl geɪt, -gɪt /


the Latin version of the Bible, prepared chiefly by Saint Jerome at the end of the 4th century a.d., and used as the authorized version of the Roman Catholic Church.
(lowercase) any commonly recognized text or version of a work.


of or relating to the Vulgate.
(lowercase) commonly used or accepted; common.

Origin of Vulgate

< Late Latin vulgāta (editiō) popular (edition); vulgāta, feminine past participle of vulgāre to make common, publish, derivative of vulgus the public. See vulgar, -ate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vulgate (1 of 2)

/ (ˈvʌlɡeɪt, -ɡɪt) rare /


a commonly recognized text or version
everyday or informal speech; the vernacular


generally accepted; common

British Dictionary definitions for vulgate (2 of 2)

/ (ˈvʌlɡeɪt, -ɡɪt) /


  1. (from the 13th century onwards) the fourth-century version of the Bible produced by Jerome, partly by translating the original languages, and partly by revising the earlier Latin text based on the Greek versions
  2. (as modifier)the Vulgate version

Word Origin for Vulgate

C17: from Medieval Latin Vulgāta, from Late Latin vulgāta editiō popular version (of the Bible), from Latin vulgāre to make common, from vulgus the common people
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