Definition of nominative in English:



  • 1Grammar
    Relating to or denoting a case of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives in Latin, Greek, and other inflected languages, used for the subject of a verb.

    • ‘It therefore cannot be further inflected as if it were a nominative singular noun.’
    • ‘Grounding is marked by a cluster of features pertaining to the verb and its subject, namely tense inflection, number agreement of the verb with its subject, and the nominative case of the subject.’
    • ‘Early medieval Latin also allowed for the possibility of a dependent substantive clause with finite verb and subject in the nominative case.’
    • ‘It's the nominative masculine plural definite article.’
    • ‘The disadvantage is that the nominative singular and the nominative plural look the same and you can only distinguish by context.’
  • 2Of or appointed by nomination as distinct from election.


  • 1Grammar
    A word in the nominative case.

    ‘This is true of nominatives of all nouns other than some third declension consonant stems.’
    ‘If ‘to boldly go’ is a split infinitive, then ‘the happy cat’ is a split nominative.’
    1. 1.1the nominativeThe nominative case.
      ‘These would include the nominative (for the subject of a sentence), the accusative (for its object) and the genitive (to indicate possession).’
      ‘Other names on the sealing facets occur in either the nominative or the genitive.’


Late Middle English from Latin nominativus ‘relating to naming’, translation of Greek onomastikē (ptōsis) ‘naming (case)’.



/ˈnɒmɪnətɪv/ /ˈnɒmɪˌneɪtɪv/