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From Latin vulgātus, past participle of vulgō (publish, make common, cheapen).


  • (adjective, noun) IPA(key): /ˈvʌlɡeɪt/, /ˈvʌlɡət/
  • (verb) IPA(key): /vʌlˈɡeɪt/


vulgate (comparative more vulgate, superlative most vulgate)

  1. (archaic) Made common, published for common use, vulgarized.
  2. (of a text, especially the Bible, not comparable) 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 (third-person singular simple present vulgates, present participle vulgating, simple past and past participle vulgated)

  1. To publish, spread, promulgate to the people.
    • 1844, The Quarterly Review[1], volume 73:
      Ordinary and vulgated sources will usually give all that is needed for a broad outline
    • 1844, Colburn's United Service Magazine[2], volume 1:
      we have seen this in the way in which the affair of Capri has been everywhere vulgated, amid endless perversion and distortion
    • 1864, Sir Francis Palgrave, The History of Normandy and of England Till 1101[3], volume 3:
      Amongst the traditional vulgated anecdotes floating about the world

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vulgate f (plural vulgates)

  1. Common and widespread popular saying

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vulgate f

  1. plural of vulgata




  1. second-person plural present active imperative of vulgō


  • vulgate”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • vulgate in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette