- Grammar. (in certain inflected languages, as Latin) noting or pertaining to a case used to indicate that a noun refers to a person or thing being addressed.
- of, relating to, or used in calling, specifying, or addressing.
- the vocative case.
- a word in the vocative, as Latin Paule “O Paul.”
Origin of vocative
Examples from the Web for vocative
That all nouns of the vocative case are of the second person.The Comic Latin Grammar
The vocative is preceded by a, which signifies O, or by a personal pronoun.A Handbook of the Cornish Language
It will be observed that the prefix Hil marks the vocative case.The Coming Race
Edward Bulwer Lytton
The Vocative is employed when a person or thing is addressed.Elements of Gaelic Grammar
The interjection of the vocative is with some hiua, and with others me.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 3
Hubert Howe Bancroft
- relating to, used in, or characterized by calling
- grammar denoting a case of nouns, in some inflected languages, used when the referent of the noun is being addressed
- the vocative case
- a vocative noun or speech element
Word Origin and History for vocative
mid-15c., "showing the person or thing spoken to," from Middle French vocatif (fem. vocative), from Latin vocativus (casus) "(case of) calling," from vocatus, past participle of vocare "to call" (see voice (n.)). The Latin is a translation of Greek kletike ptosis, from kletikos "related to calling," from kletos "called."