• Vulgar


    • UK IPA: /ˈvÊŒl.É¡É™/
    • US IPA: /ˈvÊŒl.É¡Éš/


    Middle English, from Latin vulgāris, from volgus, vulgus ("mob; common folk"), from Proto-Indo-European *wl̥k- (compare Welsh gwala ("plenty, sufficiency"), Ancient Greek ἁλία (halia, "assembly") εἰλέω (eileō, " to compress"), Old Church Slavonic вєликъ (velikŭ, "great").

    Full definition of vulgar



    1. Debased, uncouth, distasteful, obscene.
    2. (classical sense) Having to do with ordinary, common people.
      • Bishop FellIt might be more useful to the English reader ... to write in our vulgar language.
      • BancroftThe mechanical process of multiplying books had brought the New Testament in the vulgar tongue within the reach of every class.
      • 1860, G. Syffarth, "A Remarkable Seal in Dr. Abbott's Museum at New York", Transactions of the Academy of Science of St. Louis‎, age 265Further, the same sacred name in other monuments precedes the vulgar name of King Takellothis, the sixth of the XXII. Dyn., as we have seen.

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