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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The largest denomination of Mennonites in the U.S. has adapted its policies to be more welcoming to the LGBTQ+ community. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, 21 June 2022 Members of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination are also planning to elect the next president of the convention. Michelle Boorstein And Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Anchorage Daily News, 15 June 2022 The country's largest Protestant denomination since the 1960s, the convention's membership peaked in 2006 at 16.3 million. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, 13 June 2022 Seventy churches in Georgia split from the United Methodist Church (UMC) last week largely over LGBTQ issues, marking the latest in a growing divide within the third-largest Protestant denomination in the United States. Jon Brown, Fox News, 5 June 2022 Nationwide, Southern Baptist represent the largest Protestant denomination with roughly 14 million members. Shelia Poole, ajc, 25 May 2022 This was partly the simple re-denomination of earnings from the local currency. Steven Desmyter, Forbes, 8 June 2022 Factions within the United Methodist Church have been at odds for years over the denomination’s official stance on homosexuality. Arkansas Online, 8 June 2022 The 70 churches that chose to disaffiliate represent 9% of the congregations in the Conference and 3% of the membership, according to the denomination. Jon Brown, Fox News, 5 June 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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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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