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Nouns of address (technically called vocatives, but also known as nominatives of address or nouns of direct address) identify the person or group being directly spoken to. Like interjections, they are grammatically unrelated to the rest of the sentence—that is, they don’t modify or affect any other part of it. Instead, they are used to let the listener or reader know who you are addressing, or to get that person’s attention.
1. Relating to, characteristic of, or used in calling.
2. Of, relating to, or being a grammatical case in certain inflected languages that indicates the person or thing being addressed.
1. The vocative case.
2. A word or form in the vocative case.
[Middle English vocatif, from Old French, from Latin vocātīvus (cāsus), vocative (case), from vocātus, past participle of vocāre, to call; see vocation.]
1. relating to, used in, or characterized by calling
2. (Grammar) grammar denoting a case of nouns, in some inflected languages, used when the referent of the noun is being addressed
a. the vocative case
b. a vocative noun or speech element
[C15: from Latin phrase vocātīvus cāsus the calling case, from vocāre to call]
voc•a•tive(ˈvɒk ə tɪv)
1. of or designating a grammatical case, as in Latin, used to indicate that a noun or pronoun refers to the person or thing being addressed.
2. of or used in calling or addressing.n.
3. the vocative case.
4. a word in this case, as Latin Paule “O Paul.”
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin vocātīvus (cāsus)=vocāt(us), past participle of vocāre to call + -īvus -ive]
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|Noun||1.||vocative - the case (in some inflected languages) used when the referent of the noun is being addressed|
|Adj.||1.||vocative - relating to a case used in some languages; "vocative verb endings"|
linguistics - the scientific study of language
vocative[ˈvɒkətɪv] n → vocatif m
1. adj → vocativo/a
2. n → vocativo