vernacular


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Vernacular \Ver*nac"u*lar\, a. [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.]
   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. "A
   vernacular disease." --Harvey.
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         His skill in the vernacular dialect of the Celtic
         tongue.                                  --Fuller.
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         Which in our vernacular idiom may be thus interpreted.
                                                  --Pope.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Vernacular \Ver*nac"u*lar\, n.
   The vernacular language; one's mother tongue; often, the
   common forms of expression in a particular locality, opposed
   to literary or learned forms.
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