AskDefine | Define appellative

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appellative adj
1 pertaining to or dealing with or used as a common noun
2 inclined to or serving for the giving of names; "the appellative faculty of children"; "the appellative function of some primitive rites" [syn: naming(a)] n : identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others [syn: appellation, denomination, designation]

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  1. In the context of "grammar": Of or having to do with a common noun.
  2. Of or having to do with ascribing names.


  1. A common noun.
  2. An epithet.
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