- a descriptive name or designation, as Bald in Charles the Bald.
- a common noun.
- designative; descriptive.
- tending toward or serving for the assigning of names: the appellative function of some primitive rites.
- pertaining to a common noun.
Origin of appellative
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Examples from the Web for appellative
In the curious case of Elle Fanning, however, the appellative is entirely deserved.Elle Fanning on ‘Ginger & Rosa,’ Her Fashion Sense, Crush on Ryan Gosling, and More
March 12, 2013
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
At the sound of the tender Russian appellative she turned to me quickly.Marie Tarnowska
- an identifying name or title; appellation
- grammar another word for common noun
- of or relating to a name or title
- (of a proper noun) used as a common noun
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Word Origin and History for appellative
mid-15c., from Latin appellativus, from appellat-, past participle stem of appellare (see appeal). As a noun, attested from 1590s.
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