AskDefine | Define nomination

Dictionary Definition



1 the act of officially naming a candidate; "the Republican nomination for Governor"
2 the condition of having been proposed as a suitable candidate for appointment or election; "there was keen competition for the nomination"; "his nomination was hotly protested"
3 an address (usually at a political convention) proposing the name of a candidate to run for election; "the nomination was brief and to the point" [syn: nominating speech, nominating address]

User Contributed Dictionary




From nominationem (nominative of nominatio, from verb nominare)


  1. someone or thing that has been nominated
  2. the act of nominating


someone or thing

Extensive Definition

Nomination is part of the process of selecting a candidate for either election to an office, or the bestowing of an honor or award.
In the context of elections for public office, a candidate who has been selected by a political party is normally said to be the nominee of that party. The party's selection (that is, the nomination) is typically accomplished either based on one or more primary elections or by means of a political party convention or caucus, according to the rules of the party and any applicable election laws.
Normally, the nominee of a recognized political party is entitled to appear on the general election ballot. Candidates who are unaffiliated with any political party are typically required to submit a nominating petition in order to gain ballot access.
Candidate comes from the Latin word "candida" (white). In Ancient Rome, people running for political office would often wear togas chalked and bleached to be bright white. Such garments would be worn by candidates at speeches, debates, conventions, and other public functions.
nomination in Spanish: Nominación
nomination in Italian: Nomination
nomination in Dutch: Nominatie

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

acceptance speech, apostolic orders, appointment, assignment, calling, canonization, caucus nomination, conferment, consecration, designation, direct nomination, election, holy orders, induction, installation, institution, investiture, major orders, minor orders, naming, ordainment, orders, ordination, petition nomination, posting, preferment, presentation, proposal, reading in, selection, tabbing, transferral
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