What does appellative mean?

Definitions for appellative
əˈpɛl ə tɪvap·pella·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. appellation, denomination, designation, appellativeadjective

    identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others

  2. appellativeadjective

    pertaining to or dealing with or used as a common noun

  3. appellative, naming(a)adjective

    inclined to or serving for the giving of names

    "the appellative faculty of children"; "the appellative function of some primitive rites"


  1. appellativenoun

    A common noun.

  2. appellativenoun

    An epithet.

  3. appellativeadjective

    Of or pertaining to a common noun.

  4. appellativeadjective

    Of or pertaining to ascribing names.

  5. Etymology: From appellativus, from the stem appella- "to call", with the adjectival suffix -ive.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Appellativenoun

    Words and names are either common or proper. Common names are such as stand for universal ideas, or a whole rank of beings, whether general or special. These are called appellatives. So fish, bird, man, city, river, are common names; and so are trout, eel, lobster; for they all agree to many individuals, and some to many species. Isaac Watts Logick.

    Etymology: appellativum, Lat.


  1. appellative

    A noun (from Latin nōmen 'name') is a word that generally functions as the name of a specific object or set of objects, such as living creatures, places, actions, qualities, states of existence, or ideas.Lexical categories (parts of speech) are defined in terms of the ways in which their members combine with other kinds of expressions. The syntactic rules for nouns differ between languages. In English, nouns are those words which can occur with articles and attributive adjectives and can function as the head of a noun phrase. "As far as we know, every language makes a grammatical distinction that looks like a noun verb distinction."


  1. appellative

    An appellative is a common noun, term, or title used to describe or address someone or something, rather than a unique, specific name. It can also refer to a descriptive or identifying word or phrase given to someone, often highlighting a particular characteristic, trait, or achievement.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Appellativeadjective

    pertaining to a common name; serving as a distinctive denomination; denominative; naming

  2. Appellativeadjective

    common, as opposed to proper; denominative of a class

  3. Appellativenoun

    a common name, in distinction from a proper name. A common name, or appellative, stands for a whole class, genus, or species of beings, or for universal ideas. Thus, tree is the name of all plants of a particular class; plant and vegetable are names of things that grow out of the earth. A proper name, on the other hand, stands for a single thing; as, Rome, Washington, Lake Erie

  4. Appellativenoun

    an appellation or title; a descriptive name

  5. Etymology: [L. appellativus, fr. appellare: cf. F. appelatif. See Appeal.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of appellative in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of appellative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Translations for appellative

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  • ಮೇಲ್ಮನವಿKannada
  • apelativoPortuguese
  • и́мя нарица́тельное, нарицательныйRussian

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