from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The standard native language of a country or locality.
- n. The everyday language spoken by a people as distinguished from the literary language. See Synonyms at dialect.
- n. A variety of such everyday language specific to a social group or region: the vernaculars of New York City.
- n. The idiom of a particular trade or profession: in the legal vernacular.
- n. An idiomatic word, phrase, or expression.
- n. The common, nonscientific name of a plant or animal.
- adj. Native to or commonly spoken by the members of a particular country or region.
- adj. Using the native language of a region, especially as distinct from the literary language: a vernacular poet.
- adj. Relating to or expressed in the native language or dialect.
- adj. Of or being an indigenous building style using local materials and traditional methods of construction and ornament, especially as distinguished from academic or historical architectural styles.
- adj. Occurring or existing in a particular locality; endemic: a vernacular disease.
- adj. Relating to or designating the common, nonscientific name of a plant or animal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The language of a people, a national language.
- n. Everyday speech, including colloquialisms, as opposed to literary or liturgical language.
- n. Language unique to a particular group of people; jargon, argot.
- n. The indigenous language of a people, into which the words of the Mass are translated.
- adj. Of or pertaining to everyday language.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Belonging to the country of one's birth; one's own by birth or nature; native; indigenous; -- now used chiefly of language.
- n. The vernacular language; one's mother tongue; often, the common forms of expression in a particular locality, opposed to
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Native; indigenous; belonging to the country of one's birth; belonging to the speech that one naturally acquires: as, English is our vernacular language. The word is always, or almost always, used of the native language or ordinary idiom of a place.
- Hence, specifically, characteristic of a locality: as, vernacular architecture.
- n. One's mother-tongue; the native idiom of a place; by extension, the language of a particular calling.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)
- adj. being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language
- n. the everyday speech of the people (as distinguished from literary language)
From Latin vernāculus, native, from verna, native slave, perhaps of Etruscan origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin vernāculus ("domestic, indigenous, of or pertaining to home-born slaves"), from verna ("a native, a home-born slave (one born in his master's house)"). (Wiktionary)