noun de·nom·i·na·tion \ di-ˌnä-mə-ˈnā-shən \
|Updated on: 10 Jul 2018

Definition of denomination

1 : an act of denominating
  • the denomination of prices in U.S. dollars
2 : a value or size of a series of values or sizes
  • metric denominations
; especially : the value of a particular coin or bill
  • bills in $20 and $50 denominations
3 : name, designation; especially : a general name for a category
  • listed under the general denomination of gifts
4 : a religious organization whose congregations are united in their adherence to its beliefs and practices
  • people from several different Christian denominations


play \-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl\ adjective



Examples of denomination in a Sentence

  1. People from several different religious denominations participated in the event.

  2. Methodists, Baptists, and other Christian denominations.

  3. It's one of the more conservative denominations.

  4. The kidnappers asked for bills in small denominations.

  5. The gift certificates are available in and denominations.

  6. She spoke with people of many different political denominations.

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Origin and Etymology of denomination

Financial Definition of DENOMINATION


What It Is

Usually associated with currency, a denomination is the value specified on a monetary instrument.

How It Works

Denomination values are graduated and usually divisible by some common denominator (hence, 'denomination'). For example, in addition to the $1 bill, denominations of U.S. paper money include $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 notes, all divisible by 5.

Though denominations are generally discussed with regard to currency, financial instruments such as bonds are also generally issued in different denominations.

Why It Matters

Where currency is concerned, denominations provide the bearer with a range of values depending on how much money he or she will need to spend. In the case of financial instruments such as bonds, denominations provide investors with a range of values based on what they are able to afford.

DENOMINATION Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of denomination for English Language Learners

  • : a religious group

  • : the value that a particular coin or bill has

  • : an amount of money that something is worth

DENOMINATION Defined for Kids


noun de·nom·i·na·tion \ di-ˌnä-mə-ˈnā-shən \

Definition of denomination for Students

1 : a value in a series of values (as of money)
  • She asked for her money in small denominations.
2 : a name especially for a class of things
3 : a religious group
  • a Christian denomination

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