from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Appointed to office.
  • adj. Nominated as a candidate for office.
  • adj. Having or bearing a person's name: nominative shares.
  • adj. Grammar Of, relating to, or being the case of the subject of a finite verb (as I in I wrote the letter) and of words identified with the subject of a copula, such as a predicate nominative (as children in These are his children).
  • n. Grammar The nominative case.
  • n. Grammar A word or form in the nominative case.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Giving a name; naming; designating; — said of that case or form of a noun which stands as the subject of a finite verb.
  • n. The nominative case.
  • n. A noun in the nominative case.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Giving a name; naming; designating; -- said of that case or form of a noun which stands as the subject of a finite verb.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Noting the subject: applied to that form of a noun or other word having case-inflection which is used when the word is the subject of a sentence, or to the word itself when it stands in that relation: as, the nominative case of a Latin word; the nominative word in a sentence.
  • n. In grammar, the nominative case; also, a nominative word. Abbreviated nominative

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. serving as or indicating the subject of a verb and words identified with the subject of a copular verb
  • adj. appointed by nomination
  • n. the category of nouns serving as the grammatical subject of a verb
  • adj. named; bearing the name of a specific person


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From Middle English nominatyf, either via Anglo-Norman nominatif or directly from Latin nōminatīvus ("pertaining to naming, nominative")


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