vocative case

vocative case
case of address, case used for a noun identifying the person or thing being addressed. It corresponds to the archaic English particle "O" as used in solemn or poetic address: Hear me, O Albion! Languages that regularly employ the vocative include Arabic, Czech, Greek, Hawaiian, Hindi, Irish, Latin, Lithuanian, Ojibwe, Polish, Romanian, Sanskrit, Serbo-Croatian, and Ukrainian .

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  • Vocative case — For the assembly programming concept, see Addressing mode. The vocative case (abbreviated voc) is the case used for a noun identifying the person (animal, object, etc.) being addressed and/or occasionally the determiners of that noun. A vocative… …   Wikipedia

  • vocative case — noun the case (in some inflected languages) used when the referent of the noun is being addressed • Syn: ↑vocative • Derivationally related forms: ↑vocative (for: ↑vocative) • Hypernyms: ↑oblique, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • vocative case —    Auihea …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • vocative — [väk′ə tiv] adj. [ME vocatif < OFr or L: OFr < L vocativus < pp. of vocare, to call < vox,VOICE] Gram. designating, of, or in the case of nouns, pronouns, or adjectives used in direct address to indicate the person or thing addressed… …   English World dictionary

  • vocative Grammar — [ vɒkətɪv] adjective relating to or denoting a case of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives used in addressing or invoking a person or thing. noun a word in the vocative case. Origin ME: from OFr. vocatif, ive or L. vocativus, from vocare to call …   English new terms dictionary

  • Vocative — Voc a*tive, n. [L. vocativus (sc. casus): cf. F. vocatif.] (Gram.) The vocative case. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • case — I n. legal action argument 1) to hear, try a case (the court will not hear this case) 2) to argue, plead a case (the lawyer argued the case skillfully) 3) to make (out), present, state; take a case (she made out a good case for her client; the… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • vocative — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English vocatif, from Middle French, from Latin vocativus, from vocatus, past participle of vocare Date: 15th century 1. of, relating to, or being a grammatical case marking the one addressed (as Latin Domine in… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • vocative — vocatively, adv. /vok euh tiv/, adj. 1. Gram. (in certain inflected languages, as Latin) noting or pertaining to a case used to indicate that a noun refers to a person or thing being addressed. 2. of, pertaining to, or used in calling, specifying …   Universalium

  • vocative — /ˈvɒkətɪv / (say vokuhtiv) adjective 1. Grammar a. (in some inflected languages) designating a case that indicates the person or thing addressed. b. similar to such a case form in function or meaning. 2. relating to or used in calling. –noun 3.… …  

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