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Word of the Day: Vernacular

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Today's word is:




1. (usu. the vernacular) The language or dialect spoken by the ordinary people in a particular country or region : He wrote in the vernacular to reach a larger audience.

  • [with adj. ] The terminology used by people belonging to a specified group or engaging in a specialized activity : Gardening vernacular.

2. Architecture concerned with domestic and functional rather than monumental buildings : buildings in which Gothic merged into farmhouse vernacular.


1. (of language) Spoken as one's mother tongue; not learned or imposed as a second language.

  • (of speech or written works) Using such a language : vernacular literature.

2. (of architecture) Concerned with domestic and functional rather than monumental buildings.


ORIGIN: early 17th cent.: from Latin vernaculus 'domestic, native' (from verna 'home-born slave' ) + prefix -ar .

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