I. adjective Etymology: Latin vernaculus native, from verna slave born in the master's house, native Date: 1601 1. a. using a language or dialect native to a region or country rather than a literary, cultured, or foreign language b. of, relating to, or being a nonstandard language or dialect of a place, region, or country c. of, relating to, or being the normal spoken form of a language 2. applied to a plant or animal in the common native speech as distinguished from the Latin nomenclature of scientific classification <
the vernacular name
3. of, relating to, or characteristic of a period, place, or group; especially of, relating to, or being the common building style of a period or place <
vernacular architecture
vernacularly adverb II. noun Date: 1661 1. a vernacular language, expression, or mode of expression 2. the mode of expression of a group or class 3. a vernacular name of a plant or animal

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • vernacular — [vər nak′yə lər] adj. [< L vernaculus, belonging to home born slaves, indigenous < verna, a native slave, prob. < Etr * versna, hearth < verse, fire] 1. using the native language of a country or place [a vernacular writer] 2. commonly …   English World dictionary

  • Vernacular — Ver*nac u*lar, a. [L. vernaculus born in one s house, native, fr. verna a slave born in his master s house, a native, probably akin to Skr. vas to dwell, E. was.] Belonging to the country of one s birth; one s own by birth or nature; native;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vernacular — vernaculár adj. m., pl. vernaculári; f. sg. vernaculáră, pl. vernaculáre Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  VERNACULÁR, Ă adj. (Liv.) Care este propriu unei ţări. [< fr. vernaculaire …   Dicționar Român

  • Vernacular — Ver*nac u*lar, n. The vernacular language; one s mother tongue; often, the common forms of expression in a particular locality. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vernacular — [adj] native, colloquial common, dialectal, domesticated, idiomatic, indigenous, informal, ingrained, inherent, local, natural, ordinary, plebian, popular, vulgar; concepts 267,549 vernacular [n] native language argot, cant, dialect, idiom,… …   New thesaurus

  • vernacular — index language, native (domestic), ordinary, prevailing (current), prevalent, regional, usual …   Law dictionary

  • vernacular — c.1600, native to a country, from L. vernaculus domestic, native, from verna home born slave, native, a word of Etruscan origin. Used in English in the sense of Latin vernacula vocabula, in reference to language …   Etymology dictionary

  • vernacular — adj. O mesmo que vernáculo.   ‣ Etimologia: vernáculo + ar …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • vernacular — *dialect, patois, lingo, jargon, cant, argot, slang …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • vernacular — ► NOUN 1) the language or dialect spoken by the ordinary people of a country or region. 2) informal the specialized terminology of a group or activity. ► ADJECTIVE 1) spoken as or using one s mother tongue rather than a second language. 2) (of… …   English terms dictionary

  • Vernacular — For other uses, see Vernacular (disambiguation). A vernacular is the native language or native dialect of a specific population, as opposed to a language of wider communication that is not native to the population, such as a national language or… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”