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Pronunciation:  u'pelutiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others
  2. [adj]  inclined to or serving for the giving of names; "the appellative faculty of children"; "the appellative function of some primitive rites"
  3. [adj]  pertaining to or dealing with or used as a common noun

APPELLATIVE is a 11 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: appellation, denomination, denotative, denotive, designation, naming(a)
 See Also: cognomen, moniker, name, nickname, sobriquet, soubriquet, title



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ap*pel"la*tive\, a. [L. appellativus, fr.
    appellare: cf. F. appelatif. See {Appeal}.]
    1. Pertaining to a common name; serving as a distinctive
       denomination; denominative; naming. --Cudworth.
    2. (Gram.) Common, as opposed to {proper}; denominative of a
  2. \Ap*pel"la*tive\, n. [L. appelativum, sc. nomen.]
    1. A common name, in distinction from a proper name. A common
       name, or appellative, stands for a whole class, genus, or
       species of beings, or for universal ideas. Thus, tree is
       the name of all plants of a particular class; plant and
       vegetable are names of things that grow out of the earth.
       A proper name, on the other hand, stands for a single
       thing; as, Rome, Washington, Lake Erie.
    2. An appellation or title; a descriptive name.
             God chosen it for one of his appellatives to be the
             Defender of them.                     --Jer. Taylor.