[ nom-uh-nl ]
/ ˈnɒm ə nl /



Grammar. a word or group of words functioning as a noun.

Origin of nominal

1425–75; late Middle English nominalle of a noun < Latin nōminālis of, belonging to a name, nominal, equivalent to nōmin- (stem of nōmen; see nomen) + -ālis -al1

Related forms

pre·nom·i·nal, adjectiveun·nom·i·nal, adjectiveun·nom·i·nal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nominal

British Dictionary definitions for nominal


/ (ˈnɒmɪnəl) /


in name only; theoreticalthe nominal leader
minimal in comparison with real worth or what is expected; tokena nominal fee
of, relating to, constituting, bearing, or giving a name
grammar of or relating to a noun or noun phrase


grammar a nominal element; a noun, noun phrase, or syntactically similar structure
bell-ringing the harmonic an octave above the strike tone of a bell

Derived Forms

nominally, adverb

Word Origin for nominal

C15: from Latin nōminālis of a name, from nōmen name
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