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Synonyms for vernacular
vərˈnæk yə lər, vəˈnæk-ver·nac·u·lar

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Wiktionary2.0 / 1 vote

  1. vernacularnoun

    Of or pertaining to everyday language.

    The vernacular of the United States is English.

    indigenous, vulgar, common, everyday, ordinary

    lingua franca

  2. vernacularnoun

    jargon, argot, slang

English Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. vernacular

    Language (French langage < Latin lingua, the tongue) signified originally expression of thought by spoken words, but now in its widest sense it signifies expression of thought by any means; as, the language of the eyes, the language of flowers. As regards the use of words, language in its broadest sense denotes all the uttered sounds and their combinations into words and sentences that human beings employ for the communication of thought, and, in a more limited sense, the words or combinations forming a means of communication among the members of a single nation, people, or race. Speech involves always the power of articulate utterance; we can speak of the language of animals, but not of their speech. A tongue is the speech or language of some one people, country, or race. A dialect is a special mode of speaking a language peculiar to some locality or class, not recognized as in accordance with the best usage; a barbarism is a perversion of a language by ignorant foreigners, or some usage akin to that. Idiom refers to the construction of phrases and sentences, and the way of forming or using words; it is the peculiar mold in which each language casts its thought. The great difficulty of translation is to give the thought expressed in one language in the idiom of another. A dialect may be used by the highest as well as the lowest within its range; a patois is distinctly illiterate, belonging to the lower classes; those who speak a patois understand the cultured form of their own language, but speak only the degraded form, as in the case of the Italian lazzaroni or the former negro slaves in the United States. Vernacular, from the Latin, has the same general sense as the Saxon mother tongue, of one's native language, or that of a people; as, the Scriptures were translated into the vernacular. Compare DICTION.

    barbarism, dialect, diction, expression, idiom, language, mother tongue, patois, speech, tongue, vocabulary

Princeton's WordNet5.0 / 1 vote

  1. slang, cant, jargon, lingo, argot, patois, vernacularnoun

    a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)

    "they don't speak our lingo"

    cant, slang term, bevel, patois, slang, slang expression, argot, pious platitude, lingo, camber, buzzword, jargon, chamfer, bank, jargoon


  2. vernacularadjective

    the everyday speech of the people (as distinguished from literary language)

    cant, argot, slang, lingo, jargon, patois


  3. common, vernacular, vulgaradjective

    being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language

    "common parlance"; "a vernacular term"; "vernacular speakers"; "the vulgar tongue of the masses"; "the technical and vulgar names for an animal species"

    usual, coarse, vulgar, mutual, unwashed, uncouth, crude, earthy, common, plebeian, rough-cut, gross


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Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. vernacularadjective

    native, indigenous, VULGAR, mother

  2. vernacularnoun

    vernacular language, native language, mother tongue

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

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  1. The Don:

    I think its best to have an NBA guy, youre coaching NBA guys. I worked with coach (Mike) Krzyzewski on the select team and I had great respect for him. After having done that with an NBA coach, I have even more respect for what he did with the NBA guys. Its just a totally different game. Just watching how Pop can communicate with them. How quickly he can get things done with them, based on the NBA game. You have a short period of time to get ready and theres an NBA vernacular with basketball that you can get things across real quick.

  2. Raymond Chandler:

    Would you convey my compliments to the purist who reads your proofs and tell him or her that I write in a sort of broken-down patois which is something like the way a Swiss waiter talks, and that when I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will stay split, and when I interrupt the velvety smoothness of my more or less literate syntax with a few sudden words of bar-room vernacular, that is done with the eyes wide open and the mind relaxed but attentive.

  3. Geoffrey Latham:

    Music is the vernacular of the human soul.

  4. Bill Ferguson:

    I played football in college and high school. He was brought up on it, it's a vernacular for us, a way for us to get together and have something to talk about.

  5. Abdulkadir Mohamed Sheikh:

    Students have coped well with the new curriculum because it is based on their religion, culture and vernacular.

Translations for vernacular

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  • عاميةArabic
  • daglig tale, national sprogDanish
  • Volkssprache, Amtssprache, Umgangssprache, Dialekt, Idiom, MundartGerman
  • δημώδης, ντοπιολαλιά, διάλεκτος, ιδίωμαGreek
  • idioma, vernáculo, dialectoSpanish
  • بومیPersian
  • kansankielinen, arkikieli, arkikielinen, puhekieli, slangi, kansalliskieli, kansankieliFinnish
  • dialecte, langue nationale, vernaculaire, patois, idiome, langue vulgaireFrench
  • teanga dhúchais, teanga an phobail, teanga choiteann, dúchasach, teanga na háite, teanga na coitiantachta, teanga logántaIrish
  • मातृभाषाHindi
  • [[մայրենի]] [[լեզու]], [[խոսակցական]] [[լեզու]], [[ժողովրդական]] [[լեզու]]Armenian
  • lingua vulgarInterlingua
  • þjóðtunga, þjóðtungu-Icelandic
  • dialetto, idioma, vernacolareItalian
  • 方言Japanese
  • ಆಡುಭಾಷೆKannada
  • 방언, 사투리Korean
  • vernacularis, vernaculusLatin
  • ËmgangssproochLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • spreektaal, omgangstaal, landstaal, volksmond, volkstaalDutch
  • dagligtaleNorwegian
  • dialekt, język potoczny, narzecze, język rodzimy, język wernakularny, rodzimy, wernakularny, język narodowyPolish
  • vernacular, vernáculo, falaPortuguese
  • народный язык, местный диалект, профессиональный жаргон, просторечие, местный, разговорный, народный, просторечныйRussian
  • vardagsspråk, folkspråkSwedish
  • వ్యావహారికంలోTelugu
  • ulusal dil, konuşma diliTurkish
  • komunapükVolapük

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