V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, adjective

Definition: (n.) 1. the common language of a people, region, group, or period, especially as opposed to formal, literary language; 2. the common, as opposed to Latin, name in biology; 3. the common architectural style of a place, especially that of ordinary houses; (adj.) characteristic of everyday language

Synonyms: (n.) language, dialect, idiom, tongue, (adj.) colloquial, ordinary, familiar, informal, native, common, popular

Antonyms: formal, literary

Tips: Vernacular comes from the Latin vernaculus, which means "native." Think, "native language." Vernacular also has a specialized use in architecture, where it refers to the local style in which ordinary houses are built. Vernacular is most often used to describe the everyday language that people speak.

Usage Examples:

Although he had written several formal works, his most famous poems were composed in the vernacular. (common dialect, informal language) noun

The notable architect modeled his homes after the vernacular houses of the Greek islands. (native, ordinary, common) adjective

New speech-recognition software understands the difference of the vernacular "cool" and "COOL!" (dialect) noun

The Internet created a whole new vernacular with words like "browser" and "search-engine." (common language) noun

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