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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.
- ‘The vocative form is used with frequent appeals by name to the writer's friend ‘Molly.’’
1A word in the vocative case.
- ‘He begins with the vocative attributed to Aristotle by Montaigne and others: ‘O my friends, there are no friends!’’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Women tend to use such words as adorable, cute, lovely, sweet in describing people and objects and such vocatives as my dear, darling, sweetie.’
- 1.1the vocative The vocative case.
Late Middle English: from Old French vocatif, -ive or Latin vocativus, from vocare ‘to call’.
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