1. (archaic) Made common, published for common use, vulgarized.
  2. (of a text, especially, the Bible, uncomparable) In or pertaining to the common version or edition.

vulgate (plural vulgates)

  1. The vernacular language of a people.
    • 1988, Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities Journal, page 96 ↗:
      The linguistic and socio-historical evidence herein examined suggests that the development of Coptic occurred in Ptolemaic Egypt, not only as a spoken vulgate in the Delta, but as a script produced through […]
    • 1995, William A. Katz, Dahl's history of the book, page 89 ↗:
      They might speak the local vulgate among themselves, and certainly among those they were trying to reach outside of the monastery, but read and spoke Latin for religious and official events.
    • 2004, Cornelius Cosgrove and Nancy Barta-Smith, In Search of Eloquence, page 187 ↗:
      English sentences were often described in ways more appropriate to Latin than to the spoken vulgate (Lindemann 78-79).
    • 2011, Abbas Amanat and Michael Ezekiel Gasper, Is There a Middle East?, page 153 ↗:
      Originally destined for settlements throughout India, these documents exhibit a wide range of rhetorical conventions and writing styles, combining in varying proportions the local idiom, the spoken vulgate, and the classical form of their writers' language.
  2. (of a text, especially, the Bible) A common version or edition.

vulgate (vulgates, present participle vulgating; past and past participle vulgated)

  1. To publish, spread, promulgate to the people.
Related terms
  • IPA: /ˈvʌlɡeɪt/, /ˈvʌlɡɪt/
Proper noun
  1. The Latin translation of the Bible (from Hebrew and Greek) made by Saint Jerome.

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