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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.]

ap·pel′la·tive·ly adv.


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
apˈpellatively adv


(əˈpɛl ə tɪv)

n. 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]
ap•pel′la•tive•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.appellative - identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from othersappellative - 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"
denotative, denotive - having the power of explicitly denoting or designating or naming


The word or words by which one is called and identified:
Slang: handle, moniker.
References in classic literature ?
But at this question, Queequeg, who had twice or thrice before taken part in similar ceremonies, looked no ways abashed; but taking the offered pen, copied upon the paper, in the proper place, an exact counterpart of a queer round figure which was tattooed upon his arm; so that through Captain Peleg's obstinate mistake touching his appellative, it stood something like this: -- Quohog his mark.
Old Marmaduke, for this formidable prenomen was a kind of appellative to the race, brought with him, to that asylum of the persecuted an abundance of the good things of this life.
The adverbs still, else, too and appellatives (sir, boy, wench) on position 11 probably required a reduced stress.
Divine appellatives may indeed refer to a particular god, but we have no way to determine just which of the possible referents is intended.
Perhaps nine tenths of our countrymen in the principality could be mustered under less than 100 different surnames; and while in England there is no redundancy of surnames, there is a paucity of distinct appellatives in Wales, where the frequency of such names as Jones, Williams, Davies, Evans and others almost defeats the primary object of a name, which is to distinguish an individual from the mass.
North, Wastle, Tickler, Morris, Lauerwinkel, Kempferhausen, [DELTA], Odoherty, the two Mullions, the Shepherd, the Dentist, and others equally with their own names, were all most impertinently declared anonymous by persons of whom the world know not the appellatives even unto this day.
The aforementioned appellatives clearly link Mary to her son Jesus.
However, such deliberately misguiding appellatives, combined with the fact that, before reading the Descriptions, the reader is given access to a visual source where the two sides of the island are neatly separated by a very heavily marked border, have the function of naturalizing what was no longer officially there and constitute a powerful addition to Saint-Mery's reactionary project to turn the past into the future.
7) For more about this particular use of vocatives, as well as on appellatives, see Stenstrom and J0rgensen (2008).
A collection of nicknames of the different ethnicities living in Transylvania in use by the Saxon communities reveals the fact that Saxons used to name the Gypsies with appellatives like:"Katsch, Kere, Morre, Purde".
Proper names are often higher on the animacy hierarchy than appellatives, but prioritizing names including place names over animacy proper results in a rare categorization pattern in usage which is reflected by discontinuous representations of the categories on the semantic map.