Definition of appellative in English:

appellative

adjective

formal
  • Relating to or denoting the giving of a name.

    • ‘A word of warning, appellative names within the Society tend to be awarded by others often out of the recipient's own injudicious utterances.’
    • ‘The poetry in this period is marked by the use of appellative and patriotic themes.’
    eponymous, identifying
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noun

  • A common noun, such as ‘doctor’, ‘mother’, or ‘sir’, used as a vocative.

    • ‘The number following each proper name indicates the number of appellatives assigned to that person.’
    • ‘With regard to appellatives, it is only the use of capital letters that bears resemblance to German writing conventions.’
    • ‘Observe how clearly the author states that all these appellatives employed as names of God came into existence after the Creation.’
    • ‘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.’
    name, title, term, designation, epithet, label, tag, style, sobriquet, nickname, byname
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

appellative

/əˈpɛlətɪv/