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[ap-uh-ley-shuh n] /ˌæp əˈleɪ ʃən/
a name, title, or designation.
appellative (def 1).
the act of naming.
Origin of appellation
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
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misappellation, noun Unabridged
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  • He had received the appellation of Firme F, was revered as a saint, and people ascribed marvellous healing power to his tomb.

    Some Jewish Witnesses For Christ Rev. A. Bernstein, B.D.
  • This youth was named Cooper, and was never called by any other appellation in the ship.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • This extraordinary man is justly entitled to the appellation of "the father of experimental philosophy."

  • I know that Pheidias is a sculptor, and that Homer is a poet; but what appellation is given to Protagoras?

    Protagoras Plato
  • The appellation ‘Mr.’ was not used loosely then as now, but indicated a precise social grade.

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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