Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person who makes an ostentatious display of wealth and is often poorly educated or lacking in refinement. synonym: boor.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Vulgar.
  • noun A vulgar person; especially, a rich person with low or vulgar ideas.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A vulgar person; one who has vulgar ideas. Used also adjectively.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A vulgar individual, especially one who emphasizes or is oblivious to their vulgar qualities.
  • adjective Having the characteristics of a vulgarian, vulgar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a vulgar person (especially someone who makes a vulgar display of wealth)

Etymologies

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vulgar +‎ -ian. Compare Late Latin vulgarius, Latin vulgaris.

Examples

  • And in this supreme folly I lived the days, now in the Mediterranean, now cruising round the coast of England, now flying of a sudden to Paris with one they might have called a vulgarian, but one I chose to know.

    The Iron Pirate A Plain Tale of Strange Happenings on the Sea

  • We mercilessly critiqued one another, and explored weird mixes of Bizarro, Horror-eroticism, metafictional, vulgarian, bloody stories, and things that are yet to have names.

    Author of "HPL and His Legacy" : The Lovecraft News Network

  • Their failure itself is made by it more bearable than the failure of those others who act the vulgarian and demand so little of life that even that little escapes them.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • It was, however, grossly distasteful, which explains why the vulgarian Janeane Garofalo wishes he were Mayor Weiner.

    Pawlenty of Nothing

  • In this title role of an outlaw vulgarian, and very likely a nut job, he's constantly in motion, and you can't take your eyes off him.

    'Bridesmaids' Catches the Bouquet

  • Technical polish was too often sacrificed to visceral excitement and excessively schmaltzy rubato - in short, the sort of interpretation that suits the image of Liszt the vulgarian.

    Pianists Andre Watts and Evgeny Kissin offer Liszt recitals

  • It was, however, grossly distasteful, which explains why the vulgarian Janeane Garofalo wishes he were Mayor Weiner.

    Pawlenty of Nothing

  • We mercilessly critiqued one another, and explored weird mixes of Bizarro, Horror-eroticism, metafictional, vulgarian, bloody stories, and things that are yet to have names.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • Is this a vulgarian conspiracy by the coalition to thwart the promotion of poetry throughout England?

    Letters: Rural theatre and poetry hit by cuts

  • Long before the American Idolization of every art form on the planet, the great humorist S.J. Perelman imagined a gnarly New York painter being asked by a vulgarian Hollywood movie producer: what exactly do you artists do in the studio when you get an idea?

    The Surrealism World

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  • "Thus, as a Catholic, I do not normally sense in some tabloid atheist the presence of a supreme discerning intellect. I simply place him or her in much the same pitiable bin of intellectual vulgarians as the chartered accountant who cannot see the art in Picasso, the redneck who cannot admit of indigenous culture, and the pissant who cannot see the difference between Yeats and Bob Ellis."

    - Greg Craven, A plague of atheists has descended, and Catholics are the target, theage.com.au, 4 Nov 2009.

    November 4, 2009

  • I bet Greg knows about as many chartered accountants as I know Catholics.

    November 4, 2009