denomination

noun
de·​nom·​i·​na·​tion | \ di-ˌnä-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce denomination (audio) \

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

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Other Words from denomination

denominational \ di-​ˌnä-​mə-​ˈnā-​shnəl How to pronounce denominational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
denominationally adverb

Examples of denomination in a Sentence

People from several different religious denominations participated in the event. Methodists, Baptists, and other Christian denominations. It's one of the more conservative denominations. The kidnappers asked for bills in small denominations. The gift certificates are available in $5 and $10 denominations. She spoke with people of many different political denominations.
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Recent Examples on the Web Jas Mulder is the daughter of dairy farmers who belong to a strict Dutch Protestant denomination. Anna Mundow, WSJ, "‘The Discomfort of Evening’ Review: Child of Sin," 2 Oct. 2020 Carter noted that the United Methodists, the largest mainline denomination with about 7 million U.S. members, is politically diverse. The Salt Lake Tribune, "The election spotlight mostly bypasses mainline Protestants," 14 Sep. 2020 Ethiopia last introduced a new denomination at the end of the Ethiopian-Eritrean deadly civil war two decades ago. Samuel Getachew, Quartz Africa, "Ethiopia is demonetizing its economy with new currency to tackle hoarding and illegal trade," 14 Sep. 2020 The Southern Baptist Convention is the nation's largest Protestant denomination with roughly 47,000 churches. David Crary, Star Tribune, "Amid pandemic challenges, houses of worship show resiliency," 3 Oct. 2020 The group focuses on shared community life among Christians regardless of denomination. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "Amy Coney Barrett: Views, Opinions and Experience," 26 Sep. 2020 Carter noted that the United Methodists, the largest mainline denomination with about 7 million U.S. members, is politically diverse. The Salt Lake Tribune, "The election spotlight mostly bypasses mainline Protestants," 14 Sep. 2020 Trump was raised as a Presbyterian, a mainline Protestant denomination, and Biden is a practicing Catholic. Mark Scolforo, chicagotribune.com, "How could Ginsburg’s death shape the presidential election? Just look at Pennsylvania.," 19 Sep. 2020 Carter noted that the United Methodists, the largest mainline denomination with about 7 million U.S. members, is politically diverse. The Salt Lake Tribune, "The election spotlight mostly bypasses mainline Protestants," 14 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of denomination

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for denomination

see denominate

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23 Oct 2020

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“Denomination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/denomination. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for denomination

denomination

noun
How to pronounce denomination (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of denomination

: a religious group
: the value that a particular coin or bill has
: an amount of money that something is worth

denomination

noun
de·​nom·​i·​na·​tion | \ di-ˌnä-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce denomination (audio) \

Kids Definition of denomination

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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