Definition of Appellative

1. Noun. Identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others.


2. Adjective. Pertaining to or dealing with or used as a common noun.
Partainyms: Noun

3. Adjective. Inclined to or serving for the giving of names. "The appellative function of some primitive rites"
Exact synonyms: Naming
Similar to: Denotative, Denotive

Definition of Appellative

1. a. Pertaining to a common name; serving as a distinctive denomination; denominative; naming.

2. n. A common name, in distinction from a proper name. A common name, or appellative, stands for a whole class, genus, or species of beings, or for universal ideas. Thus, tree is the name of all plants of a particular class; plant and vegetable are names of things that grow out of the earth. A proper name, on the other hand, stands for a single thing; as, Rome, Washington, Lake Erie.

Definition of Appellative

1. Adjective. (context: grammar) Of or pertaining to a common noun. ¹

2. Adjective. Of or pertaining to ascribing names. ¹

3. Noun. A common noun. ¹

4. Noun. An epithet. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Appellative

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Appellative

1. 1. A common name, distinction from a proper name. A common name, or appellative, stands for a whole class, genus, or species of beings, or for universal ideas. Thus, tree is the name of all plants of a particular class; plant and vegetable are names of things that grow out of the earth. A proper name, on the other hand, stands for a single thing; as, Rome, Washington, Lake Erie. 2. An appellation or title; a descriptive name. "God chosen it for one of his appellatives to be the Defender of them." (Jer. Taylor) Origin: L. Appelativum, sc. Nomen. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Appellative

appeasing
appeasing(a)
appeasingly
appeasive
appel
appellable
appellancy
appellant
appellants
appellate
appellate court
appellate courts
appellate jurisdiction
appellation
appellations
appellative (current term)
appellatively
appellativeness
appellatives
appellatory
appellee
appellees
appellor
appellors
appels
appenage
appenages
append
appendage
appendaged

Literary usage of Appellative

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Comparative Grammar of the Dravidian Or South-Indian Family of Languages by Robert Caldwell (1875)
"It is certain, however, that the appellative verb, whatever person or gender it takes, ... Adjectives are formed into appellative verbs as well as nouns ..."

2. A Comparative Grammar of the Dravidian Or South-Indian Family of Languages by Robert Caldwell (1875)
"It is certain, however, that the appellative verb, whatever person or gender ... Adjectives are formed into appellative verbs as well as nouna ; but as the ..."

3. The Works of Jeremy Bentham by Jeremy Bentham, John Bowring (1839)
"This appellative, whether single-worded or compound, as soon as it has received a definition in form, let it thenceforth, as often sa it occurs in the text ..."

4. A Reference Grammar of Classical Tamil Poetry: 150 B.C.-pre-fifth/sixth by V. S. Rajam (1992)
"One scholar refers to them as "appellative verbs" (Arunachalam:329). Also see "A Note on Stems" in "Morphophonemics. ..."

5. British Synonymy: Or, An Attempt at Regulating the Choice of Words in by Hester Lynch Piozzi (1794)
"... NOUN PROPER, NOMINAL DISTINCTION, appellative. ... mould fay—" I only called the man a Hercules or a Solomon by way of appellative, ..."

6. Handlingar (1903)
"Personal names developing appellative sense are of three different kinds, viz. historical and literary names, class-names or current names, and fictitious ..."

7. Principles of the History of Language by Hermann Paul, Herbert Augustus Strong (1888)
"The change of an appellative into a proper name causes a Results of corresponding change of declension ; cf. the accusatives and of an appi- the change ..."

8. How to Write Letters: A Manual of Correspondence Showing the Correct by James Willis Westlake (1876)
"... law" recognized by the highest authorities in social, professional, and official circles, relating to the use of-the'various appellative titles employed ..."

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