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  1. a person nominated, as to run for elective office or fill a particular post.
  2. a person in whose name title to real estate or ownership of stock is held but who is not the actual proprietor or holder.

Origin of nominee

First recorded in 1655–65; nomin(ate) + -ee Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of nominee

  • The only person to appear uninterested was the nominee himself.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Is it true, Mr. Cashel, that Mr. Linton is your nominee for the borough of Derraheeny?

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

  • It was a unanimous vote, and the nominee was declared elected.

    Breaking Away

    Oliver Optic

  • In early May we embarked on the steamer "Nominee," which was then the fastest boat on the river.

  • They still hoped that the Sage of Ashland might be the nominee.

    Robert Toombs

    Pleasant A. Stovall

British Dictionary definitions for nominee


  1. 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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