Definition of appellative in English:

appellative

Line breaks: ap¦pel|la¦tive
Pronunciation: /əˈpɛlətɪv
 
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adjective

formal
  • Relating to or denoting the giving of a name.
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    • The poetry in this period is marked by the use of appellative and patriotic themes.
    • A word of warning, appellative names within the Society tend to be awarded by others often out of the recipient's own injudicious utterances.

noun

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  • A common noun, such as ‘doctor’, ‘mother’, or ‘sir’, used as a vocative.
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    • The number following each proper name indicates the number of appellatives assigned to that person.
    • The number of appearances of the rest of the 260 terrain-related appellatives has not been counted.
    • There are some thirteen appellatives in this section of his epistle, and all are true of every saint of God.

Origin

late Middle English: from late Latin appellativus, from appellat- 'addressed', from the verb appellare (see appeal).

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