[ vuhl-geyt, -git ]

  1. 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.

  2. (lowercase) any commonly recognized text or version of a work.

  1. of or relating to the Vulgate.

  2. (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

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How to use Vulgate in a sentence

  • The Vulgate translates: “Et obviabit illi quasi mater honorificata, et quasi mulier a virginitate suscipiet illum.”

    Solomon and Solomonic Literature | Moncure Daniel Conway
  • Wycliffe translates the Vulgate: “And it as a modir onourid schal meete hym, and as a womman fro virgynyte schal take him.”

    Solomon and Solomonic Literature | Moncure Daniel Conway
  • I'd only accept it so far as it agrees with the Vulgate and the Codices.

    My New Curate | P.A. Sheehan
  • The Vulgate was a very ancient version of the Bible in Latin.

  • All quotations from Scripture in this story are of course taken from the Vulgate, except those made by Jews.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter | Emily Sarah Holt

British Dictionary definitions for vulgate (1 of 2)


/ (ˈvʌlɡeɪt, -ɡɪt) rare /

  1. a commonly recognized text or version

  2. everyday or informal speech; the vernacular

  1. generally accepted; common

British Dictionary definitions for Vulgate (2 of 2)


/ (ˈvʌlɡeɪt, -ɡɪt) /

    • (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

    • (as modifier): the Vulgate version

Origin of 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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