vocative

adjective
voc·​a·​tive | \ ˈvä-kə-tiv How to pronounce vocative (audio) \

Definition of vocative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or being a grammatical case (see case entry 1 sense 3a) marking the one addressed (such as Latin Domine in miserere, Domine "have mercy, O Lord")
2 of a word or word group : marking the one addressed (such as mother in "mother, come here")

vocative

noun

Definition of vocative (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the vocative case of a language
2 : a form in the vocative case

Other Words from vocative

Adjective

vocatively adverb

First Known Use of vocative

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vocative

Adjective

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

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“Vocative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vocative. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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