[ ap-uh-ley-shuh n ]
/ ˌæp əˈleɪ ʃən /


a name, title, or designation.
the act of naming.

Nearby words

  1. appeaser,
  2. appel,
  3. appellant,
  4. appellate,
  5. appellate division,
  6. appellation contrôlée,
  7. appellative,
  8. appellatively,
  9. appellee,
  10. appellor

Origin of appellation

1400–50; late Middle English appelacion < Old French < Latin appellātiōn- (stem of appellātiō) a naming, equivalent to appellāt(us) (see appellate) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsmis·ap·pel·la·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for appellation


/ (ˌæpɪˈleɪʃən) /


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.

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