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Definition word or words by which someone or something is known or classified  — such as a person or wine-growing region
  • "Yes," I replied, "my right to that appellation is indubitable.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Celestial Railroad
  • A man who bears the idiotic appellation Tyrone.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • I said, "I had not;" and desired he would explain to me "what he meant by such an appellation, applied to a mortal creature."
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver's Travels
  • When Senator Ellsworth observed how very ordinary the mere appellation of President sounded, Adams immediately concurred from the Chair.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • But however this action of our men might seem to them justifiable, yet I always openly condemned it with the appellation, of the Massacre of Madagascar.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • How can she find any appellation for them, deep enough in familiar vulgarity?
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • What's your name now, — P?' said my aunt, as a compromise for the obnoxious appellation.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Even if Pierre were not a Frenchman, having once received that loftiest of human appellations he could not renounce it, said the officer's look and tone.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The appellation was not flattering, but not unmerited.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Poland, which is a mixture of aristocracy and of monarchy in their worst forms, has been dignified with the same appellation.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Was called the same, without the appellation of the native chief.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • And so the appellation must at last have come to be bestowed upon the whale from which this spermaceti was really derived.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • In the navy he was popularly known by the appellation—Starry Vere.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Why, he was so called as truly as I myself bore the appellation of Gaspard Caderousse; but tell me, I pray, what has become of poor Edmond?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Whatever opinions Lee had of Washington, he kept to himself, except to remark that he thought the appellation "Excellency" perfectly absurd.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • Addison peered over his glasses at Enoch and said, "And by what appellation, dare I ask, are you denominated?"
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • The lower the calling is, and the more remote from learning, the more pompous and erudite is its appellation.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • The lake makes it windy, hence its appellation: the Windy City.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • The ice once broken in this manner, Elnathan was greeted from every mouth with his official appellation.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • "Le Renard Subtil does not eat," he said, using the appellation he had found most flattering to the vanity of the Indian.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans

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