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"vernacular" in American English

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vernacularnoun [C/U]

 us   /vərˈnæk·jə·lər, vəˈnæk-/
the ​form of a ​languagecommonlyspoken by the ​people of a ​particularregion or by a ​particulargroup, esp. when it is different from the ​standardlanguage: [U] Much of his ​poetryderives from the American ​pop vernacular.
vernacular
adjective  us   /vərˈnæk·jə·lər, vəˈnæk-/
a vernacular ​expression
(Definition of vernacular from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"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 ​particulargroup of ​speakers use ​naturally, ​especially in ​informalsituations: The ​Spanish I ​learned at ​school is very different from the ​local vernacular of this ​Mexicanvillage. Many ​Roman Catholics ​regret the ​replacing of the ​Latinmass by the vernacular.
specialized architecture in architecture, a ​localstyle in which ​ordinaryhouses are ​built
specialized art, music dance, ​music, ​art, etc. that is in a ​styleliked or ​performed by ​ordinarypeople
vernacular
adjective uk   us  
His ​lively vernacular ​style goes down well with ​youngerviewers. oldstone vernacular ​buildings
(Definition of vernacular from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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