vul·​gate | \ ˈvəl-ˌgāt How to pronounce vulgate (audio) , -gət \

Definition of vulgate

1 capitalized : a Latin version of the Bible authorized and used by the Roman Catholic Church
2 : a commonly accepted text or reading
3 : the speech of the common people and especially of uneducated people

Examples of vulgate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of vulgate

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vulgate

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

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“Vulgate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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