Appellative Definition

ə-pĕlə-tĭv
adjective
Of or relating to the assignment of names.
American Heritage
Having to do with the giving of names; naming.
Webster's New World
Of or relating to a common noun.
American Heritage
Relating to a common noun.
Webster's New World
(grammar) Of or pertaining to a common noun.
Wiktionary
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noun
A name or descriptive epithet.
American Heritage
A name or title.
Webster's New World
A common noun.
Webster's New World
Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Appellative

Noun

Singular:
appellative
Plural:
appellatives

Origin of Appellative

  • Middle English common (noun) from Old French appelatif from Late Latin appelātīvus from Latin appellātus past participle of appellāre to call upon, entreat appeal

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the Late Latin appellātīvus, from the stem appella- "to call", with the adjectival suffix -ive.

    From Wiktionary

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