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appellative

[uh-pel-uh-tiv] /əˈpɛl ə tɪv/
noun
1.
a descriptive name or designation, as Bald in Charles the Bald.
2.
a common noun.
adjective
3.
designative; descriptive.
4.
tending toward or serving for the assigning of names:
the appellative function of some primitive rites.
5.
pertaining to a common noun.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Late Latin appellātīvus. See appellate, -ive
Related forms
appellatively, adverb
appellativeness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for appellative

appellative

/əˈpɛlətɪv/
noun
1.
an identifying name or title; appellation
2.
(grammar) another word for common noun
adjective
3.
of or relating to a name or title
4.
(of a proper noun) used as a common noun
Derived Forms
appellatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for appellative
adj.

mid-15c., from Latin appellativus, from appellat-, past participle stem of appellare (see appeal). As a noun, attested from 1590s.

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