Definition of nominal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈnɒmɪnl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɑːmɪnl//
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  1. 1being something in name only, and not in reality the nominal leader of the party He remained in nominal control of the business for another ten years. The shares were sold for well below their nominal value.
  2. 2(of a sum of money) very small and much less than the normal cost or charge synonym token We only pay a nominal rent. We make a nominal charge for use of the tennis courts.
  3. 3(grammar) connected with a noun or nouns
  4. Word Originlate 15th cent. (as a term in grammar): from Latin nominalis, from nomen, nomin- ‘name’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: nominal