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[nom-uh-nee] /ˌnɒm əˈni/
a person nominated, as to run for elective office or fill a particular post.
a person in whose name title to real estate or ownership of stock is held but who is not the actual proprietor or holder.
Origin of nominee
First recorded in 1655-65; nomin(ate) + -ee Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The only person to appear uninterested was the nominee himself.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Is it true, Mr. Cashel, that Mr. Linton is your nominee for the borough of Derraheeny?

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • It was a unanimous vote, and the nominee was declared elected.

    Breaking Away Oliver Optic
  • In early May we embarked on the steamer "nominee," which was then the fastest boat on the river.

  • They still hoped that the Sage of Ashland might be the nominee.

    Robert Toombs Pleasant A. Stovall
British Dictionary definitions for nominee


a person who is nominated to an office or as a candidate
  1. a person or organization named to act on behalf of someone else, esp to conceal the identity of the nominator
  2. (as modifier): nominee shareholder
Word Origin
C17: from nomin(ate) + -ee
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Word Origin and History for nominee

1660s, "person named for something; see nominate + -ee. Sense of "person named as a candidate" is attested from 1680s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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