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



BrE BrE//əˈpelətɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈpelətɪv//
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(specialist) a common noun that is used to address a person or thing, for example ‘mother’ or ‘doctor’ Word Originlate Middle English: from late Latin appellativus, from appellat- ‘addressed’, from the verb appellare ‘to address’, based on ad- ‘to’ + pellere ‘to drive’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: appellative

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