Etymology
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appellative (adj.)

early 15c., of a noun, "serving to name or mark out, common (as opposed to proper)," from Latin appellativus, from appellat-, past-participle stem of appellare "address, name, appeal to" (see appeal (v.)). As a noun, attested from 1590s, "common name;" 1630s as "title, descriptive name."

updated on September 23, 2022

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Definitions of appellative from WordNet
1
appellative (adj.)
inclined to or serving for the giving of names;
the appellative function of some primitive rites
the appellative faculty of children
Synonyms: naming
appellative (adj.)
pertaining to or dealing with or used as a common noun;
2
appellative (n.)
identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.