American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- 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. Roman Catholicism, uncountable The indigenous language of a people, into which the words of the Mass are translated.
- adj. Of or pertaining to everyday language.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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
- 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 ("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)
- From Latin vernāculus, native, from verna, native slave, perhaps of Etruscan origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The next question intends to look at the respondents own private position on the question of whether the option to do the liturgical readings directly in the vernacular is a good or a bad thing.”
“For the Yankee vernacular is dying out of New England.”
“I think the vernacular is DRAMA QUEEN, showing up in a media hangout wearing red?!?”
“They know about their vaginas and all the rest, but our vernacular is vulva.”
“So he has a certain vernacular, and a certain way he needs to talk right now, Nagin said.”
“Further, African American vernacular is * not* only spoken by an urban underclass, and suggesting it is is insulting.”
“Ahhh, Yoda … his voice & vernacular is timeless … Thanks to Frank Oz. – Godspeed –”
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“The oral exams have already accomplished what they were supposed to -- I have a dissertation topic, even if to date my favorite way to express is "Time does weird things in vernacular texts dealing with the" English "nation in the periods immediately pre - and post-conquest.”
“By those days, they were comprised mostly of the lower class and emotionally disturbed, white trash in Southern vernacular, and led by middling merchants or farmers that were a little smarter than the rest.”
“Another group called "The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian", commonly called the "Jabha" in Arabic vernacular, is a terrorist group, too.”
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