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1. Of or relating to the assignment of names.
2. Grammar Of or relating to a common noun.
A name or descriptive epithet.
[Middle English, common (noun), from Old French appelatif, from Late Latin appelātīvus, from Latin appellātus, past participle of appellāre, to call upon, entreat; see appeal.]
1. an identifying name or title; appellation
2. (Grammar) grammar another word for common noun
3. of or relating to a name or title
4. (Grammar) (of a proper noun) used as a common noun
ap•pel•la•tive(əˈpɛl ə tɪv)
2. common noun.adj.
3. tending toward or serving for the assigning of names: the appellative function of some primitive rites.
4. of or pertaining to a common noun.
[1375–1425; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Late Latin]
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|Noun||1.||appellative - identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others|
name - a language unit by which a person or thing is known; "his name really is George Washington"; "those are two names for the same thing"
street name - an alternative name that a person chooses or is given (especially in inner city neighborhoods); "her street name is Bonbon"
byname, cognomen, moniker, nickname, sobriquet, soubriquet - a familiar name for a person (often a shortened version of a person's given name); "Joe's mother would not use his nickname and always called him Joseph"; "Henry's nickname was Slim"
form of address, title of respect, title - an identifying appellation signifying status or function: e.g. `Mr.' or `General'; "the professor didn't like his friends to use his formal title"
title - an appellation signifying nobility; "`your majesty' is the appropriate title to use in addressing a king"
|Adj.||1.||appellative - pertaining to or dealing with or used as a common noun|
|2.||appellative - inclined to or serving for the giving of names; "the appellative faculty of children"; "the appellative function of some primitive rites"|