Etymology
Advertisement

appellation (n.)

"designation, name given to a person, thing, or class," mid-15c., from Old French apelacion "name, denomination" (12c.), from Latin appellationem (nominative appellatio) "an addressing, accosting; an appeal; a name, title," noun of action from past-participle stem of appellare "address, appeal to, name" (see appeal (v.)).

An appellation is a descriptive and therefore specific term, as Saint Louis; John's appellation was the Baptist; George Washington has the appellation of Father of his Country. A title is an official or honorary appellation, as reverend, bishop, doctor, colonel, duke. [Century Dictionary]

updated on April 05, 2019

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of appellation from WordNet

appellation (n.)
identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others;
appellation (n.)
a geographical indication used to identify where the grapes for a wine are grown;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.