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 denomination (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 None of this, of course, sits well with many Christians, or other religious people, regardless of race or denomination. Mary Schmich, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Pride in the Pews: After Harvard Divinity School, a young Chicagoan comes home to try to change the Black Church’s attitudes toward LGBTQ people," 12 Mar. 2021 Moore is not a traditional leader for the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the country. Ruth Graham And Elizabeth Dias New York Times, Star Tribune, "Leading evangelical splits with Southern Baptists over Trump," 10 Mar. 2021 Southern Baptists are the largest Protestant denomination in the United States. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Prominent evangelical Beth Moore says she's no longer a Southern Baptist," 10 Mar. 2021 For now, the UMC is the largest mainline Protestant church in the U.S. and second only to the Southern Baptist Convention, an evangelical denomination, among all U.S. Protestant churches. The Salt Lake Tribune, "United Methodist conservatives detail plans for a breakaway," 2 Mar. 2021 For now, the UMC is the largest mainline Protestant church in the U.S. and second only to the Southern Baptist Convention, an evangelical denomination, among all U.S. Protestant churches. Author: David Crary, Anchorage Daily News, "United Methodist conservatives detail plans for a breakaway," 2 Mar. 2021 Some, such as the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination, have long courted political power. Charles King, Time, "I, Too, Was Once a Soldier of the Apocalypse: Why White Evangelicals Must Choose Between Reform and American Extremism," 1 Mar. 2021 In the late 1990s, Koeshall was an Assemblies of God minister in Escondido, when he was outed for being a homosexual, which that denomination considers a sin. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: A different kind of love: Loving your enemy," 28 Feb. 2021 Pew found a growing number of congressional members do not identify with a particular denomination, such as Methodist, Lutheran or Presbyterian. The Salt Lake Tribune, "New Congress is overwhelmingly Christian, heavily Protestant and has 9 Latter-day Saints (all Republicans)," 4 Jan. 2021

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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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“Denomination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/denomination. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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denomination

noun

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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