nom·​i·​na·​tion | \ ˌnä-mə-ˈnā-shən \

Definition of nomination

1 : the act, process, or an instance of nominating
2 : the state of being nominated

Examples of nomination in a Sentence

We expect him to get the Democratic nomination. Membership is by nomination only. The novel earned a nomination for the National Book Award. The film received five Academy Award nominations. The nominations for the Academy Awards have been announced.
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Channing appeared in film and TV productions, as well—earning a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination for her role as Muzzy Van Hossmere in the 1967 movie musical Thoroughly Modern Millie—but her greatest love was always the theater. Vogue, "Carol Channing Has Died at 97," 15 Jan. 2019 It was used in the 2015 documentary The Hunting Ground and earned an Oscar nomination the following year. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lady Gaga Regrets Her 'Twisted' Duet With R. Kelly and Vows to Take It Off Streaming Services," 10 Jan. 2019 The 2018 film received five nominations at this year's Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture – Drama. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Lady Gaga Accidentally Pays Tribute to Judy Garland's 'A Star Is Born' Look at Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 The series won 15 Emmys and garnered 69 Emmy nominations; its finale drew about 9.6 million viewers. Amanda Svachula, New York Times, "‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Is on the Way," 13 July 2018 The Emmy nominations were released this morning, and while there are always some notable snubs (justice for Jodie Comer!) there’s plenty to be excited about among this year’s contenders. Anna Silman, The Cut, "Sandra Oh and Issa Rae Finally Got the Emmy Nods They Deserve," 12 July 2018 Kubrick's own best weapon is Peter Sellers, who scored a Best Actor Oscar nomination for playing a trio of characters, including the titular nuclear expert as well as the president of the United States. Jennifer M. Wood, WIRED, "10 Scathing Political Satires to Stream This Independence Day," 3 July 2018 This morning, the Screen Actors Guild announced the nominations for its 2019 awards, and the individual female acting nominees in particular are blindingly white. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Screen Actors Guild Nominated Just One Woman of Color for an Individual Acting Award," 12 Dec. 2018 Already a one-time Grammy Award-winner, Maren earned five nominations this year—the most of any country artist—followed closely by Kacey, a two-time Grammy Award-winner herself, who earned four. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Carrie Underwood Fans Are Calling Her Grammy Awards Snub a 'Slap in the Face'," 10 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of nomination

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of nomination

: the act of formally choosing someone as a candidate for a job, position, office, etc.

: the act of choosing someone for a job, position, office, etc.

: the act of choosing someone or something as a candidate for receiving an honor or award


nom·​i·​na·​tion | \ ˌnä-mə-ˈnā-shən \

Kids Definition of nomination

: the act or an instance of choosing as a candidate for election, appointment, or honor The Senate has to approve the nomination.

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