(noun, adjective)


1. being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language

- a vernacular term

- vernacular speakers

Similar word(s): informal, common, vulgar

Sentences with vernacular as an adjective:

- a vernacular disease


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

Similar word(s): argot, cant, jargon, lingo, patois, slang

Definition categories: communication

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

Definition categories: communication

Sentences with vernacular as a noun:

- A vernacular of the United States is English.

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

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

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