denomination

noun

de·​nom·​i·​na·​tion di-ˌnä-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce denomination (audio)
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
denominational adjective
denominationally adverb

Example Sentences

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 denomination’s statement of faith says the office of pastor is for men only. Deepa Bharath And Peter Smith, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 June 2022 The SBC Executive Committee, the denomination’s governing body, has entered into an agreement for Guidepost to maintain a confidential hotline for survivors or their representatives to submit allegations of abuse within the SBC. Shelia Poole, ajc, 25 May 2022 Several nearby structures also were damaged, including the historic Marti Theater and the Calvary Baptist Church, headquarters for the denomination in western Cuba. Andrea RodrÍguez, Chicago Tribune, 8 May 2022 Several nearby structures also were damaged, including the historic Marti Theater and the Calvary Baptist Church, headquarters for the denomination in western Cuba. Andrea Rodríguez, USA TODAY, 8 May 2022 As expected, 145 (55%) of the 261 respondents identified themselves as members of the state’s dominant denomination, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Mar. 2022 The denomination’s position on the issue has shifted over time. al, 11 Dec. 2021 A few miles away in Bethel Park, another Pittsburgh suburb, Christ United Methodist Church remains committed to the denomination. Peter Smith, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Oct. 2022 Colin Miller has brainstormed for years with fellow Catholics about how their denomination might be revitalized in Baltimore, a city with deep roots in Catholicism but where interest in the church has plunged in recent years. Jonathan M. Pitts, Baltimore Sun, 3 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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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Cite this Entry

“Denomination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/denomination. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

denomination

noun

de·​nom·​i·​na·​tion di-ˌnäm-ə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce denomination (audio)
1
: an act of denominating
2
: one of a series of related values each having a special name
a $5 bill represents one denomination of U.S. money
3
: name entry 1 sense 1, designation
especially : a general name for a class of things
4
: a religious body made up of a number of congregations with similar beliefs
denominational
-shnəl How to pronounce denomination (audio)
-shən-ᵊl
adjective

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