Hypertext Webster Gateway: "appellative"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Appellative \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

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Appellative \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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: pertaining to or dealing with or used as a common noun
2: inclined to or serving for the giving of names; "the
appellative faculty of children"; "the appellative
function of some primitive rites" [syn: {naming(a)}]
n : identifying word or words by which someone or something is
called and classified or distinguished from others [syn:
{appellation}, {denomination}, {designation}]

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