[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. nominative,
  2. nominative absolute,
  3. nominative case,
  4. nominative of address,
  5. nominator,
  6. nomism,
  7. nomo-,
  8. nomocanon,
  9. nomocracy,
  10. nomogram

Origin of nominee

First recorded in 1655–65; nomin(ate) + -ee Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nominee


/ (ˌnɒmɪˈniː) /


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 for nominee

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