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VERNAC'ULAR, adjective [Latin vernaculus, born in one's house, from verns, a servant.]

1. Native; belonging to the country of one's birth. English is our vernacular language. The vernacular idiom is seldom perfectly acquired by foreigners.

2. Native; belonging to the person by birth or nature.

A vernacular disease, is one which prevails in a particular country or district; more generally called endemic.