[ap-uh-ley-shuh n]
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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. 2018

Related Words for appellation

moniker, sobriquet, handle, designation, title, epithet, label, nickname

Examples from the Web for appellation

Contemporary Examples of appellation

Historical Examples of appellation

  • 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?

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for appellation


  1. an identifying name or title
  2. 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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