- (in certain inflected languages, as Sanskrit, Latin, and Russian) noting a case having as its function the indication of the subject of a finite verb, as in Latin Nauta bonus est “The sailor is good,” with nauta “sailor” in the nominative case.
- similar to such a case in function or meaning.
Origin of nominative
Examples from the Web for nominative
The word noun signifies name, and nominative is the adjective derived from noun, and partakes of the same meaning.Lectures on Language|William S. Balch
The verb applauded has here no nominative case, whereas it ought to have been governed by the pronoun he.The Comic English Grammar|Percival Leigh
The -m and -r are respectively the signs of cases other than the nominative.A Handbook of the English Language|Robert Gordon Latham
The former is usually the nominative and the latter the objective.Sergeant York And His People|Sam Cowan
He carries on a thread, &c. He, then, is nominative to the verb carries.English Grammar in Familiar Lectures|Samuel Kirkham
British Dictionary definitions for nominative
- the nominative case
- a word or speech element in the nominative case
Word Origin for nominative
Word Origin and History for nominative
late 14c., "pertaining to the grammatical case dealing with the subject of a verb," from Old French nominatif, from Latin nominativus "pertaining to naming," from nominatus, past participle of nominare (see nominate). As a noun from 1620s.