Vernacular

Adjective

  • Of or pertaining to everyday language.
  • (art) is connected to a collective memory; not imported
  • (architecture) of or related to local building materials and styles; not imported
  • Belonging to the country of one's birth; one's own by birth or nature; native; indigenous.

    "a vernacular disease"

Noun

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

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

  • The language of a people or a national language.

    "A vernacular of the United States is English."

  • (Roman Catholicism) The indigenous language of a people, into which the words of the Mass are translated.

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

  • 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."

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