Belonging to the country of one's birth; one's own by birth or nature; native; indigenous; now used chiefly of language; as, English is our vernacular language. "A vernacular disease." "His skill the vernacular dialect of the Celtic tongue." (Fuller) "Which in our vernacular idiom may be thus interpreted." (Pope)
Origin: L. Vernaculus born in one's house, native, fr. Verna a slave born in his master's house, a native, probably akin to Skr. Vas to dwell, E. Was.
(01 Mar 1998)
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