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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Definitions for appellation

  1. The word by which a particular person or thing is called and known; name; title; designation.
  2. The act of naming.

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Citations for appellation
For as long as Olympia can remember, her mother has been referred to, within her hearing and without, as an invalid -- an appellation that does not seem to distress her mother and indeed appears to be one she herself cultivates. Anita Shreve, Fortune's Rocks
A communist or a revolutionary, for example, would likely readily accept and admit that he is in fact a communist or a revolutionary. Indeed, many would doubtless take particular pride in claiming either of those appellations for themselves. Bruce Hoffman, Inside Terrorism
Origin of appellation
late Middle English
1400-1450
Appellation comes from Latin appellatio, from appellare, "to name."