Definition 2022


vocative case



vocative case (plural vocative cases)

  1. (grammar) case of address, case used for a noun identifying the person or thing being addressed. It corresponds to the archaic English particle "O" as used in solemn or poetic address: Hear me, O Albion! Languages that regularly employ the vocative include Arabic, Czech, Georgian, Greek, Hawaiian, Hindi, Irish, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Ojibwe, Polish, Romanian, Ruthenian/Rusyn Sanskrit, Scottish Gaelic, Serbo-Croatian, Slovak, Slovenian, Tamil and Ukrainian.


See also

  • Appendix:Grammatical cases