Definitions

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

  • n. A name, title, or designation.
  • n. A protected name under which a wine may be sold, indicating that the grapes used are of a specific kind from a specific district.
  • n. The act of naming.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A name, title, or designation.
  • n. An indication for wine that describes its geographic origin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of appealing; appeal.
  • n. The act of calling by a name.
  • n. The word by which a particular person or thing is called and known; name; title; designation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of appealing from a lower to a higher court or authority; appeal.
  • n. The act of appealing for aid, sympathy, etc.; entreaty.
  • n. The act of naming; nomenclature.
  • n. The word by which a person or thing is called and known; name; title.
  • n. In logic, the acceptation of a term to denote an existing thing.

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

  • n. identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others

Etymologies

Middle English appelacion, from Old French appelation, from Latin appellātiō, appellātiōn-, from appellātus, past participle of appellāre, to entreat; see appeal. Sense 2, from French appellation (d'origine contrôlée), (registered vintage) trade name, from appellation, trade name, from Old French appelation.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French, from Latin appellātiō ("a naming"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I ain't even in the biz, but even I know that the correct appellation is neither "movie" nor "film".

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  • The Bourgogne Passetoutgrains appellation is relatively small so it is not as easy to find these wines as it is to find those of larger appellations.

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  • But the appellation is misleading: the oligarchs rose to prominence not by building railroads and industries but by exploiting antiquated pricing systems, disorganized legal codes, and — most important — Soviet-era connections with the government.

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  • “Bhante Ngasena, I speak no lie: the word ‘chariot’ is but a way of counting, term appellation, convenient designation, and name for pole, axle, wheels, chariot-body, and banner-staff.

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  • Now, a distinctive appellation is one of the first necessities of life, whether savage or civilized; and in an age when proper names, and the occupations from which proper names

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  • Their former appellation is supposed to be derived either from the name of their founder Hassan, or from the word hashish, said to be a preparation from hemp, of highly intoxicating power, which was drunk by the Fedwees previously to the execution of the orders of their chief, to slay.

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  • But Orly Taitz, an attorney who is the most prominent face of the birther movement, has disavowed the word, writing in a legal motion that is part of a case challenging Obama's authority as commander in chief that birther is "a pejorative appellation" that is "often coupled with even more colorful epithets."

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  • Yet an obstinate remnant still adhered to the religion and liberty of their ancestors, and the war of Honain derived a proper appellation from the idols, whom Mahomet had vowed to destroy, and whom the confederates of Tayef had sworn to defend.

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  • Belisarius pitched his camp on the field of victory, to which the tenth mile-stone from Carthage had applied the Latin appellation of

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  • The best part of the sea-coast, which still retains its ancient appellation, is a province of the Venetian state, and the seat of the little republic of Ragusa.

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  • Among other things:
    A protected name under which a wine may be sold, indicating that the grapes used are of a specific kind from a specific district.

    July 21, 2007