from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of addressing or designating someone by name.
- n. A name; an appellation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of directing oneself directly to another.
- n. A designation, identifying name or title.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Style of address or salutation; an appellation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A distinguishing form of address or salutation; a characteristic appellation or denomination.
Latin compellātiō, compellātiōn-, from compellātus, past participle of compellāre, to address; see pel-5 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin compellatio, from compellatus, the past participle of compello, from com- + pello. Compare appellation. (Wiktionary)