Definitions for vocativeˈvɒk ə tɪv
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
voc•a•tiveˈvɒk ə tɪv(adj.)
of or designating a grammatical case, as in Latin, used to indicate that a noun or pronoun refers to the person or thing being addressed.
of or used in calling or addressing.
(n.)the vocative case.
a word in this case, as Latin Paule“O Paul.”
Origin of vocative:
1400–50; late ME < L vocātīvus (cāsus)=vocāt(us), ptp. of vocāre to call +-īvus -ive
vocative, vocative case(adj)
the case (in some inflected languages) used when the referent of the noun is being addressed
relating to a case used in some languages
"vocative verb endings"
The vocative case
Of or pertaining to calling; used in calling or vocation.
used in address; appellative; u2014 said of that case or form of the noun, pronoun, or adjective, in which a person or thing is addressed; as, Domine, O Lord.
Origin: Late , from vocatif, from vocativus, from vocatus, from vocare, from wek-. See Latin vox.
of or pertaining to calling; used in calling; specifically (Gram.), used in address; appellative; -- said of that case or form of the noun, pronoun, or adjective, in which a person or thing is addressed; as, Domine, O Lord
the vocative case