Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, resembling, relating to, or consisting of a name or names.
  • adj. Assigned to or bearing a person's name: nominal shares.
  • adj. Existing in name only.
  • adj. Philosophy Of or relating to nominalism.
  • adj. Insignificantly small; trifling: a nominal sum.
  • adj. Business Of, relating to, or being the amount or face value of a sum of money or a stock certificate, for example, and not the purchasing power or market value.
  • adj. Business Of, relating to, or being the rate of interest or return without adjustment for compounding or inflation.
  • adj. Grammar Of or relating to a noun or word group that functions as a noun.
  • adj. Aerospace & Engineering According to plan or design: a nominal flight check.
  • n. Grammar A word or group of words functioning as a noun.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, resembling, relating to, or consisting of a name or names.
  • adj. Assigned to or bearing a person's name.
  • adj. Existing in name only.
  • adj. Of or relating to nominalism.
  • adj. Insignificantly small; trifling.
  • adj. Of or relating to the presumed or approximate value, rather than the actual value.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or being the amount or face value of a sum of money or a stock certificate, for example, and not the purchasing power or market value.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or being the rate of interest or return without adjustment for compounding or inflation.
  • adj. Of or relating to a noun or word group that functions as a noun.
  • adj. According to plan or design; normal.
  • adj. Without adjustment to remove the effects of inflation; contrasted with real.
  • adj. Having values whose order is insignificant.
  • n. A noun or word group that functions as a noun phrase.
  • n. A part of speech that shares features with nouns and adjectives.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a name or names; having to do with the literal meaning of a word; verbal.
  • adj. Existing in name only; not real.
  • adj. Insignificant; trifling; -- of prices or costs, as compared with the benefits gained.
  • adj. Within acceptable limits; as expected; ; -- used mostly in aviation and space operations.
  • n. A nominalist.
  • n. A verb formed from a noun.
  • n. A name; an appellation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to a name or term; giving the meaning of a word; verbal: as, a nominal definition.
  • Of or pertaining to a noun or substantive.
  • Existing in name only; not real; ostensible; merely so called: as, a nominal distinction or difference; a nominal Christian; nominal assets; a nominal price.
  • Nominalistic.
  • n. A nominalist.
  • n. A verb formed from a noun; a denominative.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or constituting or bearing or giving a name
  • n. a phrase that can function as the subject or object of a verb
  • adj. insignificantly small; a matter of form only (`tokenish' is informal)
  • adj. pertaining to a noun or to a word group that functions as a noun
  • adj. existing in name only
  • adj. of, relating to, or characteristic of an amount that is not adjusted for inflation
  • adj. named; bearing the name of a specific person

Etymologies

Middle English nominalle, of nouns, from Latin nōminālis, of names, from nōmen, nōmin-, name; see nŏ̄-men- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Middle English nominalle ("of nouns"), from Latin nōminālis, from nōmen ("name"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Various uses in linguistics (principally as just the adjective of 'noun'), but in CGEL it specifically means a level of structure intermediate between noun and noun phrase: what in the Chomskyan framework is called N'. Adding a determiner to a nominal makes it a noun phrase.

    Noun: dog
    Nominals: black dog; big black dog; big black dog chewing my slipper
    Noun phrase: this big black dog chewing my slipper

    May 29, 2009