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 appeller means "to call (by a name)," so Jacques' answer literally translates to "I call myself Jacques." Knowing the function of "appeller" makes it easy to remember that "appellation" refers to the name or title by which something is called or known. "Appeller" and "appellation" also share a common ancestor - the Latin appellare, meaning "to call or summon," formed by combining the prefix ad- ("to") with another verb, "pellere" ("to drive"). "Appellare" is also the root of our word appeal (by way of Anglo-French and Middle English), as well as "appellate," referring to a kind of court where appeals are heard.

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Los Angeles Times The wine industry has long used legal designations called appellations of origin to classify different wines. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "What exactly is happening with the new L.A. County sheriff?," 23 July 2019 In the past, such an appellation seemed anything but fitting. Alex Speier,, "‘Steady Eddie’ Rodriguez gets Red Sox back on track," 23 July 2019 Becdach was originally considering naming the restaurant Garbanzo Grille, but after learning that name was previously taken decided on an appellation reflecting fresh-food emphasis. Matt Wake |,, "Stovehouse: dining guide to new Huntsville food garden," 23 July 2019 Rhone Valley, France, $14 Lirac is one of the villages in France’s Rhone Valley that has its own appellation in recognition of its quality. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "At just $14, this savory and rich French red makes a mighty match for steak," 12 July 2019 In Michael Lewis’s 2003 book Moneyball, which followed Beane through the ’01 and ’02 seasons, the GM refers to Kevin as Euclis, the Greek God of Walks—which is funny, because nothing in that appellation was entirely accurate. Mark Bechtel,, "Former Red Sox Great Kevin Youkilis Crafting a New Path With California Brewery," 25 June 2019 Comet Interceptor will carry instruments capable of discerning such a comet’s ingredients, vintage and appellation—when and where it was made and from what. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "European Comet Interceptor Could Visit an Interstellar Object," 24 June 2019 Later this month, the growers of the Bordeaux-Bordeaux Superieur AOC, the council that sets the appellation’s rules, are expected to approve a list of 20 additional grape varieties that may be used in a wine labeled as bordeaux. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Climate change is reshaping wine as we know it," 7 June 2019 Somehow, though, the appellation doesn’t quite suit her. Sarah Vitali, Harper's magazine, "Kill Your Darlings," 10 May 2019

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First Known Use of appellation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for appellation

see appellate

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