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[ap-uh-ley-shuh n] /ˌæp əˈleɪ ʃən/
a name, title, or designation.
appellative (def 1).
the act of naming.
Origin of appellation
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English appelacion < Old French < Latin appellātiōn- (stem of appellātiō) a naming, equivalent to appellāt(us) (see appellate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
misappellation, noun Unabridged
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  • This youth was named Cooper, and was never called by any other appellation in the ship.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The more I study the greater I think is its claim to the appellation of divine.

  • I know that Pheidias is a sculptor, and that Homer is a poet; but what appellation is given to Protagoras?

    Protagoras Plato
  • By Hera, Socrates, if ever any one deserved the appellation "beautiful and good," you are that man!

    The Symposium Xenophon
  • More than ever the lad felt his appellation of The Wolf was well deserved.

    Boy Scouts Mysterious Signal

    G. Harvey Ralphson
British Dictionary definitions for appellation


an identifying name or title
the act of naming or giving a title to
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Word Origin and History for appellation

late 15c., "action of appealing" (to a higher authority), from Old French apelacion (13c.), from Latin appellationem (nominative appellatio) "an addressing, accosting; an appeal; a name, title," noun of action from past participle stem of appellare (see appeal). Meaning "designation, name given to a person, thing, or class" is from mid-15c., from a sense also found in Middle French appeler.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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