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Definition of vernacular
(usually the vernacular
) the language or dialect spoken by the ordinary people in a particular country or region:he wrote in the vernacular to reach a larger audience
[with modifier] the terminology used by people belonging to a specified group or engaging in a specialized activity:gardening vernacular 2architecture concerned with domestic and functional rather than monumental buildings:buildings in which Gothic merged into farmhouse vernacular
1(of language) spoken as one’s mother tongue; not learned or imposed as a second language. (of speech or written works) spoken or written using one’s mother tongue:vernacular literature 2(of architecture) concerned with domestic and functional rather than monumental buildings.