ap·​pel·​la·​tion | \ ˌa-pə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce appellation (audio) \

Definition of appellation

1 : an identifying name or title : designation was entitled to the appellation "doctor"
2 : a geographical name (as of a region, village, or vineyard) under which a winegrower is authorized to identify and market wine also : the area designated by such a name
3 archaic : the act of calling by a name

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Ask a Frenchman named Jacques his name, and you may very well get the reply, "Je m'appelle Jacques." The French verb appeler means "to call (by a name)," so Jacques' answer literally translates to "I call myself Jacques." Knowing the function of appeler makes it easy to remember that appellation refers to the name or title by which something is called or known. Appeler and appellation also share a common ancestor: Latin appellāre, meaning "to call upon, name, or designate," formed by combining the prefix ad- ("to") with another verb, pellere ("to beat against, push, or strike"). Appellāre is also the root of English's appeal (by way of Anglo-French and Middle English), as well as appellate, which is used to indicate a court where appeals are heard.

Examples of appellation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Fossi shows how the variety performs outside its classic appellation when handled skillfully. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 The Majuscule 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon shows off this symmetry, plus the mouthwatering dark fruit its appellation on Mt. Veeder is known for. Janice O'leary, Robb Report, 6 Dec. 2021 Her labels are uniformly simplified to eliminate any confusing flimflammery: Just her name, the producer’s name, the appellation and the vintage. Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2022 The name Melody sounds like a poetic appellation for a musician’s daughter. Matt Wake |, al, 22 Mar. 2022 That effort is led by Texas Fine Wine, a collaboration of like-minded wineries that promote state-appellation wines (75% or more of grapes grown in state), as opposed to sourcing and trucking in grapes from other states. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 The tasting room, slated to open July 9 after a two-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, joins a 1-year-old winery on a 40-acre parcel of land at the edge of the Russian River appellation south of downtown. Matt Villano,, 9 July 2020 Here, in the small appellation of Bandol, the vineyards look out over the Mediterranean and thrive in the sun. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 While the Loire Valley is famous for its sauvignon blanc, in the small appellation of Cheverny, white wines typically include chardonnay in the blend. Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of appellation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for appellation

Middle English appellacyon, borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French appellacion, borrowed from Latin appellātiōn-, appellātiō "name, designation, noun, appeal," from appellāre "to speak to, address, apply to for support, refer to a higher authority, call upon, name, designate" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action; in sense 2 borrowed from French, going back to Middle French — more at appeal entry 2

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“Appellation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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