Definition of Vulgate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvʌlɡeɪt/
Pronunciation: /ˈvʌlɡət/


1The principal Latin version of the Bible, prepared mainly by St Jerome in the late 4th century, and (as revised in 1592) adopted as the official text for the Roman Catholic Church.
Example sentences
  • The subversive power of printing is illustrated by Martin Luther's translation of the Latin Vulgate (15??)
  • In fact you would find in most English-speaking countries that the churches and congregations would tend to use the English translations of the Psalms rather than the traditional Latin Vulgate.
  • The James translation became the Vulgate, and the translation done for Thomas Aquinas by William Moerbeke never received much usage.
2 (vulgate) [in singular] Common or colloquial speech.
Example sentences
  • And he impacts so directly not because the public understands greatness in a way that the literary establishment doesn't (or, as critics suggest, because King has access to a mystical vulgate that ‘proper’ novelists can't or won't use).
  • There is nothing particularly progressive, as Dan Atkinson & Larry Elliot point out in The Age of Insecurity, in a European Union in which the prerogatives of a brutal neoliberalism form the current vulgate.
  • For the uninitiated, Myles na gCopaleen was just one of the pen-names used by a gentleman from Strabane in the county Tyrone named Brian Ó Nualláin, or just plain Brian O'Nolan in the vulgate.


From Latin vulgata (editio(n-)) '(edition) prepared for the public', feminine past participle of vulgare, from vulgus 'common people'.

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