What does vernacular mean?

Definitions for vernacular
vərˈnæk yə lər, vəˈnæk-ver·nac·u·lar

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. slang, cant, jargon, lingo, argot, patois, vernacularnoun

    a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)

    "they don't speak our lingo"

  2. vernacularadjective

    the everyday speech of the people (as distinguished from literary language)

  3. common, vernacular, vulgaradjective

    being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language

    "common parlance"; "a vernacular term"; "vernacular speakers"; "the vulgar tongue of the masses"; "the technical and vulgar names for an animal species"


  1. vernacularnoun

    The language of a people, a national language.

    The vernacular of the United States is English.

  2. vernacularnoun

    Everyday speech, including colloquialisms, as opposed to literary or liturgical language.

    Street vernacular can be quite different from what is heard elsewhere.

  3. vernacularnoun

    Language unique to a particular group of people; jargon, argot.

    For those of a certain age, hiphop vernacular might just as well be a foreign language.

  4. vernacularnoun

    The indigenous language of a people, into which the words of the Roman Catholic mass are translated.

    Vatican II allowed the celebration of the mass in the vernacular.

  5. vernacularadjective

    Of or pertaining to everyday language.

  6. Etymology: From vernaculus, from verna.


  1. vernacular

    Vernacular refers to the language or dialect spoken by the ordinary people in a particular country or region. It can also refer to the everyday or informal language used by individuals, often in contrast to a more formal, literary, or academic language. In architecture, it refers to a style of design based on local needs, materials, and traditions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vernacularadjective

    belonging to the country of one's birth; one's own by birth or nature; native; indigenous; -- now used chiefly of language; as, English is our vernacular language

  2. Vernacularnoun

    the vernacular language; one's mother tongue; often, the common forms of expression in a particular locality

  3. Etymology: [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.]


  1. Vernacular

    A vernacular is the native language or native dialect of a specific population, as opposed to a language of wider communication that is a second language or foreign language to the population, such as a national language, standard language, or lingua franca.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vernacular

    ver-nak′ū-lar, adj. native: belonging to the country of one's birth.—n. one's mother-tongue.—n. Vernacularisā′tion, the act of making vernacular.—v.t. Vernac′ularise, to make vernacular.—ns. Vernac′ularism, a vernacular word or idiom, the use of such; Vernacular′ity, an idiom.—adv. Vernac′ularly.—v.t. Vernac′ulate, to express in a vernacular idiom.—adj. Vernac′ulous, scurrilous. [L. vernaculusverna, a home-born slave.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vernacular in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vernacular in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of vernacular in a Sentence

  1. Abdulkadir Mohamed Sheikh:

    Students have coped well with the new curriculum because it is based on their religion, culture and vernacular.

  2. The Don:

    I think its best to have an NBA guy, youre coaching NBA guys. I worked with coach (Mike) Krzyzewski on the select team and I had great respect for him. After having done that with an NBA coach, I have even more respect for what he did with the NBA guys. Its just a totally different game. Just watching how Pop can communicate with them. How quickly he can get things done with them, based on the NBA game. You have a short period of time to get ready and theres an NBA vernacular with basketball that you can get things across real quick.

  3. Bill Ferguson:

    I played football in college and high school. He was brought up on it, it's a vernacular for us, a way for us to get together and have something to talk about.

  4. Geoffrey Latham:

    Music is the vernacular of the human soul.

  5. Raymond Chandler:

    Would you convey my compliments to the purist who reads your proofs and tell him or her that I write in a sort of broken-down patois which is something like the way a Swiss waiter talks, and that when I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will stay split, and when I interrupt the velvety smoothness of my more or less literate syntax with a few sudden words of bar-room vernacular, that is done with the eyes wide open and the mind relaxed but attentive.

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  • عاميةArabic
  • daglig tale, national sprogDanish
  • Volkssprache, Amtssprache, Umgangssprache, Dialekt, Idiom, MundartGerman
  • δημώδης, ντοπιολαλιά, διάλεκτος, ιδίωμαGreek
  • idioma, vernáculo, dialectoSpanish
  • بومیPersian
  • kansankielinen, arkikieli, arkikielinen, puhekieli, slangi, kansalliskieli, kansankieliFinnish
  • dialecte, langue nationale, vernaculaire, patois, idiome, langue vulgaireFrench
  • teanga dhúchais, teanga an phobail, teanga choiteann, dúchasach, teanga na háite, teanga na coitiantachta, teanga logántaIrish
  • मातृभाषाHindi
  • [[մայրենի]] [[լեզու]], [[խոսակցական]] [[լեզու]], [[ժողովրդական]] [[լեզու]]Armenian
  • lingua vulgarInterlingua
  • þjóðtunga, þjóðtungu-Icelandic
  • dialetto, idioma, vernacolareItalian
  • 方言Japanese
  • ಆಡುಭಾಷೆKannada
  • 방언, 사투리Korean
  • vernacularis, vernaculusLatin
  • ËmgangssproochLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • spreektaal, omgangstaal, landstaal, volksmond, volkstaalDutch
  • dagligtaleNorwegian
  • dialekt, język potoczny, narzecze, język rodzimy, język wernakularny, rodzimy, wernakularny, język narodowyPolish
  • vernacular, vernáculo, falaPortuguese
  • народный язык, местный диалект, профессиональный жаргон, просторечие, местный, разговорный, народный, просторечныйRussian
  • vardagsspråk, folkspråkSwedish
  • వ్యావహారికంలోTelugu
  • ulusal dil, konuşma diliTurkish
  • komunapükVolapük

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