Definition of vocative noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

vocative

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noun
BrE BrE//ˈvɒkətɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɑːkətɪv//
 
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(in some languages) the form of a noun, a pronoun or an adjective used when talking to a person or thing compare ablative, accusative, dative, genitive, nominative Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French vocatif, -ive or Latin vocativus, from vocare ‘to call’.

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