From Late Middle English, from Middle French vocatif, from Latin vocātīvus (“calling”), from vocātus (“invocation”), from vocāre (“to call”), from Proto-Indo-European *wek-, *wekʷ-, *wokʷ- (“give vocal utterance, speak”). See Latin vōx.
- Of or pertaining to calling; used in calling or vocation.
- (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; as, Domine, O Lord.
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vocative (plural vocatives)
vocative n pl
- plural of