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appellative

[ uh-pel-uh-tiv ]
/ əˈpɛl ə tɪv /
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noun
a descriptive name or designation, as Bald in Charles the Bald.
a common noun.
adjective
designative; descriptive.
tending toward or serving for the assigning of names: the appellative function of some primitive rites.
pertaining to a common noun.
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Origin of appellative

1375–1425; late Middle English (<Middle French ) <Late Latin appellātīvus.See appellate, -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM appellative

ap·pel·la·tive·ly, adverbap·pel·la·tive·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for appellative

appellative
/ (əˈpɛlətɪv) /

noun
an identifying name or title; appellation
grammar another word for common noun
adjective
of or relating to a name or title
(of a proper noun) used as a common noun

Derived forms of appellative

appellatively, adverb
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