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EtymologyEdit

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

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈvʌl.ɡə/
  • (US) enPR: vŭlʹgər, IPA(key): /ˈvʌl.ɡɚ/
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AdjectiveEdit

vulgar (comparative vulgarer or more vulgar, superlative vulgarest or most vulgar)

  1. Debased, uncouth, distasteful, obscene.
    • 1551, James A.H. Murray, editor, A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles: Founded Mainly on the Materials Collected by the Philological Society.[1], volume 1, Oxford: Clarendon Press, published 1888, Part 1, page 217:
      Also the rule of false position, with dyuers examples not onely vulgar, but some appertaynyng to the rule of Algeber.
    • The construction worker made a vulgar suggestion to the girls walking down the street.
  2. (classical sense) Having to do with ordinary, common people.
    • Bishop Fell
      It might be more useful to the English reader [] to write in our vulgar language.
    • Bancroft
      The 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 265
      Further, 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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vulgar (plural vulgars)

  1. (classicism) A common, ordinary person.
    • 2016, Evan Gottlieb, Juliet Shields, Representing Place in British Literature and Culture, 1660-1830
      Popular antiquarian writings [] frequently focused on the regional vulgars' superstitious beliefs regarding the dead and their ongoing presence—such as popular funeral rites or the vulgars' fear of church yards.
  2. (collective) The common people.
  3. The vernacular tongue or common language of a country.
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies; Published according to the True Originall Copies, London, act 5, scene 1, page 204, Internet Shakespeare Editions:
      Therefore you Clowne, abandon: which is in the vulgar, leaue the societie: which in the boorish, is companie, of this female: which in the common, is woman: which together, is, abandon the society of this Female,  []
      (Or in a modern form: Therefore, you clown, abandon—which is in the vulgar, “leave”—the society—which in the boorish is “company”—of this female—which in the common is “woman”—which together is: abandon the society of this female, [])

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vulgar (masculine and feminine plural vulgars)

  1. vulgar

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GalicianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin vulgāris.

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vulgar m or f (plural vulgares)

  1. common to the people, vulgar
  2. ordinary, undistinguished
  3. popular, commonly understood, as opposed to scientific or technical
  4. simple, unintelligent

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PortugueseEdit

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From Latin vulgāris.

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vulgar (plural vulgares, comparable)

  1. common to the people, vulgar
  2. ordinary, undistinguished
  3. popular, commonly understood, as opposed to scientific or technical
  4. simple, unintelligent

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RomanianEdit

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Borrowed from French vulgaire, Latin vulgaris.

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vulgar m or n (feminine singular vulgară, masculine plural vulgari, feminine and neuter plural vulgare)

  1. vulgar

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SpanishEdit

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From Latin vulgāris.

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vulgar (plural vulgares)

  1. vulgar

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