Pronunciation: (u-pel'u-tiv), [key]
1. a descriptive name or designation, as Bald in Charles the Bald.
2. a common noun.
1. designative; descriptive.
2. tending toward or serving for the assigning of names: the appellative function of some primitive rites.
3. pertaining to a common noun.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.