[ap-uh-ley-shuh n]


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

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

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



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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