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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Women of Hope is open to women of any denomination who are interested in the study, Hutchison said. Sara Clarkson,, "Clarkson: Wellness House mind/body fest to offer stress relieving techniques," 22 Aug. 2019 The United Methodist Church is the largest mainline Protestant denomination in Arizona, according to the Pew Research Center's Religious Landscape Study. John D'anna, azcentral, "Spiritual leader of Arizona Methodists calls flock to action on gun violence, racism," 7 Aug. 2019 This month, Hollas -- now the Rev. Deanna Hollas -- was ordained by the Presbyterian Church USA, the largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States, as a minister of word and sacrament. Leah Asmelash And Katherine Dillinger, CNN, "The largest Presbyterian denomination in the US has ordained a minister of gun violence prevention," 30 July 2019 The Church of God in Christ, a predominantly black Pentecostal denomination with more than six million members nationwide, is in the process of building a $20 million pregnancy center in Memphis. John Eligon, New York Times, "When ‘Black Lives Matter’ Is Invoked in the Abortion Debate," 6 July 2019 No More Deaths, an NGO associated with the Universalist Unitarian Church, a liberal denomination, which tries to reduce the number of would-be migrants who perish in the desert. The Economist, "The gripping case of Scott Warren," 14 June 2019 Anders was ordained in the United Church of Christ, a liberal mainline Protestant denomination, and preached for a time at Rockville United Church in Maryland. Hannah Natanson, The Seattle Times, "At the Church of the Wild, congregants wander silent and barefoot through nature," 6 Aug. 2018 This is a problem for Jay and Sandy Smith, who lead Cedar Park Church in Kirkland, Wash., a Christian church in the Assemblies of God denomination. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "The Church Challenging Washington State’s One-Size-Fits-All Abortion Requirement," 10 July 2019 Leaders also voted to expel Collison's First Covenant Church, a founding member of the 134-year-old denomination. Fox News, "Minneapolis pastor and church expelled over gay marriage," 30 June 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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Financial Definition of denomination

What It Is

Usually associated with currency, a denomination is the value specified on a monetary instrument.

How It Works

Denomination values are graduated and usually divisible by some common denominator (hence, 'denomination'). For example, in addition to the $1 bill, denominations of U.S. paper money include $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 notes, all divisible by 5.

Though denominations are generally discussed with regard to currency, financial instruments such as bonds are also generally issued in different denominations.

Why It Matters

Where currency is concerned, denominations provide the bearer with a range of values depending on how much money he or she will need to spend. In the case of financial instruments such as bonds, denominations provide investors with a range of values based on what they are able to afford.

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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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