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Webster 1913 Edition


Appellative

Ap-pel′la-tive

,
Adj.
[L.
appellativus
, fr.
appellare
: cf. F.
appelatif
. See
Appeal
.]
1.
Pertaining to a common name; serving as a distinctive denomination; denominative; naming.
Cudworth.
2.
(Gram.)
Common, as opposed to
proper
; denominative of a class.

Ap-pel′la-tive

,
Noun.
[L.
appelativum
, sc.
nomen
.]
1.
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.
2.
An appellation or title; a descriptive name.
God chosen it for one of his
appellatives
to be the Defender of them.
Jer. Taylor.

Webster 1828 Edition


Appellative

APPEL'LATIVE

,
Adj.
Pertaining to a common name; noting the common name of a species.

APPEL'LATIVE

,
Noun.
A common name in distinction from a proper name. A common name or appelative stands for a whole class, genus or species of beings, or for universal ideas. Thus man is the name of the whole human race, and fowl of all winged animals. 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, London, Philadelphia, Washington, Boston.

Definition 2022


appellative

appellative

English

Adjective

appellative (not comparable)

  1. (grammar) Of or pertaining to an appellative noun or common noun.
  2. Of or pertaining to ascribing names.
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Translations

Noun

appellative (plural appellatives)

  1. A common noun.
  2. An epithet.

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Translations


French

Adjective

appellative

  1. feminine of appellatif

Latin

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ap.pel.laːˈtiː.we/

Adjective

appellātīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of appellātīvus