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Etymology Edit

From Late Middle English [Term?], borrowed from Middle French vocatif, from Latin vocātīvus (for calling); a calque of Ancient Greek κλητῐκή (klētikḗ, for calling; vocative case) – from vocāre (to call), from Proto-Indo-European *wokʷ-, o-grade of *wekʷ- (give vocal utterance, speak). See Latin vōx.

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Adjective Edit

vocative (comparative more vocative, superlative most vocative)

  1. Of or pertaining to calling; used in calling or vocation.
  2. (grammar) Used in address; appellative (said of that case or form of the noun, pronoun, or adjective, in which a person or thing is addressed). For example "Domine, O Lord"

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Noun Edit

vocative (plural vocatives)

  1. (grammar) The vocative case
  2. (grammar) A word in the vocative case
  3. (rare) Something said to (or as though to) a particular person or thing; an entreaty, an invocation.

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Italian Edit

Adjective Edit


  1. feminine plural of vocativo

Latin Edit

Adjective Edit


  1. vocative masculine singular of vocātīvus

References Edit

  • vocative”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • vocative in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette

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Noun Edit

vocative n pl

  1. plural of vocativ