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appellative

[uh-pel-uh-tiv] /əˈpɛl ə tɪv/
noun
1.
a descriptive name or designation, as Bald in Charles the Bald.
2.
a common noun.
adjective
3.
designative; descriptive.
4.
tending toward or serving for the assigning of names:
the appellative function of some primitive rites.
5.
pertaining to a common noun.
Origin of appellative
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Late Latin appellātīvus. See appellate, -ive
Related forms
appellatively, adverb
appellativeness, noun
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  • The appellative "Elias" is in fact both a personal name and a title.

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • Wily Will justified his appellative; for, after suspicion arose, he was seen no more.

    Waverley Sir Walter Scott
  • So much for the name as an appellative; now for its appropriation as a generic.

  • That ayogriha is the name of the prince, not an appellative, appears from the Pli recensions.

    The Gtakaml rya Sra
  • At the sound of the tender Russian appellative she turned to me quickly.

    Marie Tarnowska

    Annie Vivanti
  • It is however replaced in the New Testament by an appellative.

  • Such, however, is not the case, George being his only Christian appellative.

  • The only appellative I find, (if it can be called one), is the Ang.-Sax.

    The River-Names of Europe Robert Ferguson
  • The schoolmaster's surname led him as far into dissertation as his Christian appellative.

    Kenilworth Sir Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for appellative

appellative

/əˈpɛlətɪv/
noun
1.
an identifying name or title; appellation
2.
(grammar) another word for common noun
adjective
3.
of or relating to a name or title
4.
(of a proper noun) used as a common noun
Derived Forms
appellatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for appellative
adj.

mid-15c., from Latin appellativus, from appellat-, past participle stem of appellare (see appeal). As a noun, attested from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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