de·​nom·​i·​na·​tion di-ˌnä-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce denomination (audio)
: an act of denominating
the denomination of prices in U.S. dollars
: 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
: name, designation
especially : a general name for a category
listed under the general denomination of gifts
: a religious organization whose congregations are united in their adherence to its beliefs and practices
people from several different Christian denominations
denominational 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Priests and lay leaders in the Catholic Church – the largest denomination in the Holy Land – are not uniform in their thoughts about the conflict and the path forward for their church. Timothy H.j. Nerozzi Fox News, Fox News, 27 June 2024 Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of the 14,000-member megachurch First Baptist Dallas in Texas, was also among the speakers at the Jerusalem embassy ceremony, and House Speaker Mike Johnson is a Southern Baptist and a onetime denomination official. Marc Ramirez, USA TODAY, 30 Apr. 2024 During the Tuesday council meeting, Yaroslavsky asked to make a substitute motion to be discussed at a July 31 meeting because the original motion’s context will change to provide funding to organizations of all denominations. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2024 Survivors are questioning whether the nation's largest Protestant denomination can ever be trusted again to keep its promises. Frank E. Lockwood,, 16 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for denomination 

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Word History


see denominate

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of denomination was in the 15th century

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“Denomination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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de·​nom·​i·​na·​tion di-ˌnäm-ə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce denomination (audio)
: an act of denominating
: one of a series of related values each having a special name
a $5 bill represents one denomination of U.S. money
: name entry 1 sense 1, designation
especially : a general name for a class of things
: a religious body made up of a number of congregations with similar beliefs
-shnəl How to pronounce denomination (audio)

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