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Definition of Appellative


  1. Pertaining to a common name; serving as a distinctive denomination; denominative; naming.
  2. Common, as opposed to proper; denominative of a class.
  3. 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.
  4. An appellation or title; a descriptive name.

Appellative Translations

appellative in German is bittend
appellative in Italian is pregante