Origin and Etymology of nominative
Middle English nominatyf, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French nominatif, from Latin (casus) nominativus nominative case, from nominare; from the traditional use of the nominative form in naming a noun
First Known Use: 14th century
NOMINATIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of nominative for Students
: being or belonging to the case of a noun or pronoun that is usually the subject of a verb <“Mary” in “Mary sees Anne” is in the nominative case.>
Word Root of nominative
The Latin word nomen, meaning “name,” and its form nominis give us the root nomin. Words from the Latin nomen have something to do with names. To nominate is to name someone as a candidate for election or for an honor. Anything nominal, such as a position or office, exists in name only. A noun or pronoun in the nominative case is in the form that names the subject of a sentence, for example the pronoun I.
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up nominative? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).