nominal

[ nom-uh-nl ]
/ ˈnɒm ə nl /

adjective

noun

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

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM nominal

pre·nom·i·nal, adjectiveun·nom·i·nal, adjectiveun·nom·i·nal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for nominal

nominal
/ (ˈnɒmɪnəl) /

adjective

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

noun

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 of nominal

nominally, adverb

Word Origin for nominal

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