from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having the power to hear court appeals and to review court decisions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That can be (legally) appealed to, especially of a court that hears appeals of decisions by a lower court.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or taking cognizance of, appeals.
  • n. A person or prosecuted for a crime. [Obs.] See appellee.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To call by a name; call; name; entitle.
  • Pertaining to appeals; having cognizance of appeals: as, an appellate court.
  • n. A person appealed or prosecuted for a crime; an appellee.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or taking account of appeals (usually legal appeals)


Latin appellātus, past participle of appellāre, to entreat; see appeal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin appellātus. (Wiktionary)



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  • In addition, appellate is a verb meaning to call or designate (OED).

    July 30, 2012