nominative (nŏmˈĭnətĭv) [key], [Lat., = naming], in Latin grammar, the case usually employed for the noun that is the subject of the sentence. The term is used in the grammar of languages with Latinlike features, but the case may in fact have different functions.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
More on nominative from Infoplease:
See more Encyclopedia articles on: Language and Linguistics