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)



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