Vernacular vs. Vocabulary

Vernacular vs. Vocabulary — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Vernacular and Vocabulary

Vernacularnoun

The everyday language spoken by a people as distinguished from the literary language.

Vocabularynoun

All the words of a language.

Vernacularnoun

A variety of such everyday language specific to a social group or region

the vernaculars of New York City.

Vocabularynoun

The sum of words used by, understood by, or at the command of a particular person or group.

Vernacularnoun

The specialized vocabulary of a particular trade, profession, or group

in the legal vernacular.

Vocabularynoun

A list of words and often phrases, usually arranged alphabetically and defined or translated; a lexicon or glossary.

Vernacularnoun

The common, nonscientific name of a plant or animal.

Vocabularynoun

A supply of expressive means; a repertoire of communication

a dancer's vocabulary of movement.

Vernacularadjective

Native to or commonly spoken by the members of a particular country or region.

Vocabularynoun

A usually alphabetized and explained collection of words e.g. of a particular field, or prepared for a specific purpose, often for learning.

Vernacularadjective

Using the native language of a region, especially as distinct from the literary language

a vernacular poet.

Vocabularynoun

The collection of words a person knows and uses.

My Russian vocabulary is very limited.

Vernacularadjective

Relating to or expressed in the native language or dialect.

Vocabularynoun

The stock of words used in a particular field.

The vocabulary of social sciences is often incomprehensible to ordinary people.

Vernacularadjective

Of or being an indigenous building style using local materials and traditional methods of construction and ornament, especially as distinguished from academic or historical architectural styles.

Vocabularynoun

The words of a language collectively.

The vocabulary of any language is influenced by contacts with other cultures.

Vernacularadjective

Occurring or existing in a particular locality; endemic

a vernacular disease.

Vocabularynoun

A range of artistic or stylistic forms or techniques

Vernacularadjective

Relating to or designating the common, nonscientific name of a biological species.

Vocabularynoun

a listing of the words used in some enterprise

Vernacularnoun

The language of a people or a national language.

A vernacular of the United States is English.

Vocabularynoun

a language user's knowledge of words

Vernacularnoun

Everyday speech or dialect, including colloquialisms, as opposed to standard, literary, liturgical, or scientific idiom.

Street vernacular can be quite different from what is heard elsewhere.

Vocabularynoun

the system of techniques or symbols serving as a means of expression (as in arts or crafts);

he introduced a wide vocabulary of techniques

Vernacularnoun

Language unique to a particular group of people; jargon, argot.

For those of a certain age, hiphop vernacular might just as well be a foreign language.

Vernacularnoun

(Roman Catholicism) The indigenous language of a people, into which the words of the Mass are translated.

Vatican II allowed the celebration of the mass in the vernacular.

Vernacularadjective

Of or pertaining to everyday language, as opposed to standard, literary, liturgical, or scientific idiom.

Vernacularadjective

Belonging to the country of one's birth; one's own by birth or nature; native; indigenous.

a vernacular disease

Vernacularadjective

(architecture) Of or related to local building materials and styles; not imported.

Vernacularadjective

(art) Connected to a collective memory; not imported.

Vernacularnoun

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

they don't speak our lingo

Vernacularnoun

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

Vernacularadjective

being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language;

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