Gram. designating, of, or in the case of nouns, pronouns, or adjectives used in direct address to indicate the person or thing addressed
Origin of vocativeMiddle English vocatif ; from Old French or L: Old French ; from Classical Latin vocativus ; from past participle of vocare, to call ; from vox, voice
- the vocative case: this case is expressed by a change in form in languages such as Latin and by word order and intonation in English (Ex.: “Bill” in “Bill, don't do that!”)
- a word or phrase in this case
- Relating to, characteristic of, or used in calling.
- Of, relating to, or being a grammatical case in certain inflected languages that indicates the person or thing being addressed.
- The vocative case.
- A word or form in the vocative case.
Origin of vocativeMiddle English vocatif, from Old French, from Latin vocat&imacron;vus (casus), vocative (case), from vocatus, past participle of vocare, to call; see vocation.
(comparative more vocative, superlative most vocative)
- (grammar) The vocative case