appellative

adjective
ap·​pel·​la·​tive | \ ə-ˈpe-lə-tiv How to pronounce appellative (audio) \

Definition of appellative

1 : of or relating to a common noun
2 : of, relating to, or inclined to the giving of names

Other Words from appellative

appellative noun
appellatively adverb

First Known Use of appellative

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for appellative

Middle English appellatyf, borrowed from Latin appellātīvus, from appellātus, past participle of appellāre "to speak to, address, call upon, name" + -īvus -ive — more at appeal entry 2

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“Appellative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appellative. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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