- (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
Historical Examples of nominative
Moi is in the nominative case when used in reply to "Who is there?"
But it does not always happen that the nominative case comes after than or as.
In all such cases, who should be made use of: for it is nominative and not objective.
The accusatives of such nouns are of the same form as the nominative.
In this sentence the are ni va ought to be in the nominative.Diego Collado's Grammar of the Japanese Language
- the nominative case
- a word or speech element in the nominative case
Word Origin 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.