vul·​gate ˈvəl-ˌgāt How to pronounce vulgate (audio)
capitalized : a Latin version of the Bible authorized and used by the Roman Catholic Church
: a commonly accepted text or reading
: the speech of the common people and especially of uneducated people

Examples of vulgate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By the fourth century, there was even a Bible translation in the vulgate. Fay Vincent, WSJ, 18 Oct. 2022 Literature, notably poetry, obsessed Florentine artists and intellectuals, who led the consolidation of the turn made by their fellow-citizen Dante, in the fourteenth century, from Latin to the vulgate that became modern Italian. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 5 July 2021

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Word History


Medieval Latin vulgata, from Late Latin vulgata editio edition in general circulation

First Known Use

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of vulgate was in 1728

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Cite this Entry

“Vulgate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a Latin version of the Bible authorized and used by the Roman Catholic Church

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