Definition of “vernacular” - English Dictionary

“vernacular” in British English

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vernacularnoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /vəˈnæk.jə.lər/ us /vɚˈnæk.jə.lɚ/

the form of a language that a particular group of speakers use naturally, especially in informal situations:

The Spanish I learned at school is very different from the local vernacular of this Mexican village.
Many Roman Catholics regret the replacing of the Latin mass by the vernacular.

specialized architecture in architecture, a local style in which ordinary houses are built

specialized art, music dance, music, art, etc. that is in a style liked or performed by ordinary people

adjective uk us

His lively vernacular style goes down well with younger viewers.
old stone vernacular buildings

(Definition of “vernacular” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“vernacular” in American English

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vernacularnoun [ C/U ]

us /vərˈnæk·jə·lər, vəˈnæk-/

the form of a language commonly spoken by the people of a particular region or by a particular group, esp. when it is different from the standard language:

[ U ] Much of his poetry derives from the American pop vernacular.
adjective us /vərˈnæk·jə·lər, vəˈnæk-/

a vernacular expression

(Definition of “vernacular” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)