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 Trump was raised as a Presbyterian, a mainline Protestant denomination, and Biden is a practicing Catholic. Mark Scolforo,, "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 Carter noted that the United Methodists, the largest mainline denomination with about 7 million U.S. members, is politically diverse. David Crary, Star Tribune, "US election spotlight mostly bypasses mainline Protestants," 13 Sep. 2020 Leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention are dropping references to the South as the largest Protestant denomination in the country grapples with its history of supporting slavery. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Southern Baptists drop 'southern' over racial connotations," 15 Sep. 2020 Only seven members voted to remain part of the denomination. Washington Post, "National Digest: 16-year-old arrested in connection with cyberattacks on Miami schools," 3 Sep. 2020 They were triggered after the approval of a law on religious groups that may strip the local branch of Serbian Orthodox Church, the nation’s biggest denomination, of assets. Misha Savic,, "Europe’s Most-Enduring Leader Faces Biggest Test in Balkan Vote," 29 Aug. 2020 While just 44% of South Koreans identify as religious, according to the South Korean government's 2015 census, some 63% of that figure follow a Christian denomination, and churches are a common sight across the country. Paula Hancocks, CNN, "South Korea's latest church-linked coronavirus outbreak is turning into a battle over religious freedom," 19 Aug. 2020 Harris identifies as a Baptist — a major Protestant Christian denomination — and she was sworn in on the Bible. Camille Caldera, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Kamala Harris was sworn in on the Bible, identifies as Baptist," 19 May 2019

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

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29 Sep 2020

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“Denomination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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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


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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