Definition of vocative in English:


Line breaks: voca|tive
Pronunciation: /ˈvɒkətɪv


  • Relating to or denoting a case of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives in Latin and other languages, used in addressing or invoking a person or thing.
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    • The vocative form is used with frequent appeals by name to the writer's friend ‘Molly.’


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  • 1A word in the vocative case.
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    • Women tend to use such words as adorable, cute, lovely, sweet in describing people and objects and such vocatives as my dear, darling, sweetie.
    • There's also the question of which adjectives can be used as nicknames, like ‘Slim’, ‘Red’, and so on - these can of course also be used as vocatives.
    • He begins with the vocative attributed to Aristotle by Montaigne and others: ‘O my friends, there are no friends!’
  • 1.1 (the vocative) The vocative case.


late Middle English: from Old French vocatif, -ive or Latin vocativus, from vocare 'to call'.

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