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Monday, September 13, 2004

Definitions for appellation

  1. The word by which a particular person or thing is called and known; name; title; designation.
  2. The act of naming.

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Citations for appellation
For as long as Olympia can remember, her mother has been referred to, within her hearing and without, as an invalid -- an appellation that does not seem to distress her mother and indeed appears to be one she herself cultivates. Anita Shreve, Fortune's Rocks
A communist or a revolutionary, for example, would likely readily accept and admit that he is in fact a communist or a revolutionary. Indeed, many would doubtless take particular pride in claiming either of those appellations for themselves. Bruce Hoffman, Inside Terrorism
Origin of appellation
late Middle English
Appellation comes from Latin appellatio, from appellare, "to name."