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"vulgar" in British English

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vulgaradjective

uk   /ˈvʌl.ɡər/  us   /-ɡɚ/ disapproving
  • vulgar adjective (NOT SUITABLE)

not ​suitable, ​simple, dignified or ​beautiful; not in the ​stylepreferred by the ​upperclasses of ​society: a vulgar ​patternedshirt Isn't it ​rather vulgar to ​talk about how much ​money you ​earn?humorous I've no ​idea how much the ​clothescost because there was nothing so vulgar as a ​pricetag in ​evidence.
vulgarity
noun [U or C] uk   /vʌlˈɡær.ɪ.ti/  us   /-ə.t̬i/
He ​despisedmodernculture for ​itscommercialism and vulgarity.
vulgarly
adverb uk   us   /-li/
(Definition of vulgar from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"vulgar" in American English

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vulgaradjective

 us   /ˈvʌl·ɡər/
  • vulgar adjective (NOT SUITABLE)

not ​polite or ​sociallyacceptable; not ​suitable or ​acceptable in ​style: His ​manners were ​coarse and vulgar.
  • vulgar adjective (RUDE)

rude or ​offensive, esp. because referring to ​sex: The ​movie is ​rated PG and has a few ​mildly vulgar ​jokes.
vulgarity
noun [C/U]  us   /vʌlˈɡær·ɪ·t̬i/
[U] His ​comedyroutinecontains some vulgarity.
(Definition of vulgar from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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