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[ap-uh-ley-shuh n] /ˌæp əˈleɪ ʃən/
a name, title, or designation.
appellative (def 1).
the act of naming.
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English appelacion < Old French < Latin appellātiōn- (stem of appellātiō) a naming, equivalent to appellāt(us) (see appellate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
misappellation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for appellation
  • They are now actively collecting ephemera, the collector's appellation for old paper things.
  • Your attraction to alliteration averted the achievability of any actually apt appellation.
  • For once, this overused appellation applies.
  • The appellation is partly a plea for understanding.
  • Today the term is used as a poetic appellation for all of Scotland.
  • By 1711, the town was incorporated as ''a new town'' and its name evolved from that appellation.
  • The appellation now appears on everything from moisturizers to eye makeup removers.
  • Of the 30 paintings on view, 2 or 3 at most deserve that appellation.
  • Arnold believed that "modest" was the appellation that the mediocre gave themselves to hide their mediocrity.
  • Afterwards, he was pelted with egg-shells, and retained the odious appellation during the whole year.
British Dictionary definitions for appellation


an identifying name or title
the act of naming or giving a title to
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Word Origin and History for appellation

late 15c., "action of appealing" (to a higher authority), from Old French apelacion (13c.), from Latin appellationem (nominative appellatio) "an addressing, accosting; an appeal; a name, title," noun of action from past participle stem of appellare (see appeal). Meaning "designation, name given to a person, thing, or class" is from mid-15c., from a sense also found in Middle French appeler.

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