nom·​i·​na·​tion | \ ˌnä-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce nomination (audio) \

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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The nominations were announced Tuesday morning in New York City. ... Charles Passy, WSJ, "‘Hadestown’ Leads Tony Award Nominations," 30 Apr. 2019 The first season alone rightfully landed three Emmy nominations—but unfortunately that's not enough to keep the beloved Pickler & Ben afloat. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Kellie Pickler's Talk Show 'Pickler & Ben' Is Getting Cancelled and Fans Are Devastated," 13 Apr. 2019 In other words, the Academy snubbed three of its own nominees just days after the nominations were announced. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kevin Hart, the "Popular" Film & Cancelled Categories: A Complete Timeline of the 2019 Oscar Drama," 21 Feb. 2019 The allegations also resulted in Spacey being fired from the Netflix show House of Cards, a role that had netted him several Emmy nominations as well as a Golden Globe. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Kevin Spacey released a bizarre video evoking Frank Underwood, apparently to defend himself," 24 Dec. 2018 There were still milestones—an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Children's Program in 2018, for example—but the sitcom mostly settled into a comfortable routine. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Fuller House Focuses on Kimmy Gibbler Being Stephanie Tanner's Surrogate This Season," 14 Dec. 2018 The Grammy nominations for 2019 were announced on Friday morning on CBS by Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara, Janelle Monáe, and Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. Vogue, "The 2019 Grammy Nominations Are Here," 7 Dec. 2018 The Emmy nominations aren't totally vacant of Latinx people. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "The Emmys 2018 Are More Diverse Than Ever — But Latinx Stories Are Still Missing," 17 Sep. 2018 Meanwhile Vermont’s Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, enjoying his own tour of the midwest, remains a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, thanks in part to voters who don’t seem to realize their taxes were cut. James Freeman, WSJ, "Sanders and Trump in the Midwest," 15 Apr. 2019

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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 How to pronounce nomination (audio) \

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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