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vocative

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adjective voc·a·tive \ˈvä-kə-tiv\

Definition of vocative

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or being a grammatical case marking the one addressed (as Latin Domine in miserere, Domine “have mercy, O Lord”)

  2. 2 of a word or word group :  marking the one addressed (as mother in “mother, come here”)

voc·a·tive·ly adverb


Origin of vocative

Middle English vocatif, from Middle French, from Latin vocativus, from vocatus, past participle of vocare


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with vocative


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vocative

noun voc·a·tive

Definition of vocative

  1. 1 :  the vocative case of a language

  2. 2 :  a form in the vocative case



15th Century

First Known Use of vocative

15th century


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