Definition of vocative in English:

vocative

adjective

Grammar
  • 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.’’

noun

Grammar
  • 1A word in the vocative case.

    • ‘Women tend to use such words as adorable, cute, lovely, sweet in describing people and objects and such vocatives as my dear, darling, sweetie.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1The vocative case.

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

vocative

/ˈvɒkətɪv/