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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: vernaculus 'born in a place', from verna 'slave born in his or her owner's house'

vernacular

noun
     
ver‧nac‧u‧lar [countable usually singular]
1SLL a form of a language that ordinary people use, especially one that is not the official language
in the vernacular
Galileo wrote in the vernacular to reach a larger audience.
He lapsed into the local vernacular (=language spoken in a particular area).
2 a style of building, music, art etc that is suitable for ordinary people
vernacular adjective:
vernacular American speech
vernacular architecture
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