# denominator

## noun

de·​nom·​i·​na·​tor
1
mathematics : the part of a fraction that is below the line and that functions as the divisor of the numerator
2
a
: a shared trait
a common denominator
b
: the average level (as of taste or opinion) : standard
manufacturers catering to a safely low denominator of public taste Time

## Examples of denominator in a Sentence

In the fraction 2/3 the numerator is 2 and the denominator is 3.
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## Word History

Etymology

see denominate

First Known Use

circa 1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of denominator was circa 1542

denominator

## Cite this Entry

“Denominator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/denominator. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

## Kids Definition

denominator

noun
de·​nom·​i·​na·​tor
: the part of a fraction that is below the line and that functions as the divisor of the numerator

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