Definition of nominative in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It therefore cannot be further inflected as if it were a nominative singular noun.’
    • ‘Early medieval Latin also allowed for the possibility of a dependent substantive clause with finite verb and subject in the nominative case.’
  • 2Of or appointed by nomination as distinct from election.


  • 1A word in the nominative case.

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


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