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denomination

[dih-nom-uh-ney-shuh n] /dɪˌnɒm əˈneɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
a religious group, usually including many local churches, often larger than a sect:
the Lutheran denomination.
2.
one of the grades or degrees in a series of designations of quantity, value, measure, weight, etc.:
He paid $500 in bills of small denomination.
3.
a name or designation, especially one for a class of things.
4.
a class or kind of persons or things distinguished by a specific name.
5.
the act of naming or designating a person or thing.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English denominacioun < Late Latin dēnōminātiōn- (stem of dēnōminātiō), in Latin: metonymy, equivalent to dēnōmināt(us) (see denominate) + -iōn- -ion
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Examples for denominations
  • In fact, in some denominations there are no ministers.
  • These be subdivided into sundry more special denominations.
  • One dollar in various denominations can weigh more than three leather wallets.
  • What has been overlooked in the whole furor is that many denominations fully support the science and teaching of evolution.
  • There are also wide variations in the doctrines taught in various denominations.
  • Different traditions and denominations react differently.
  • They were issued in small denominations and were soon widely accepted in exchange for goods and services.
  • The government makes coins of various denominations out of it.
  • There are other denominations of governance in the western world.
  • The exchange rate is equal to the dollar, and the bill and coin denominations are similar in denomination and size.
British Dictionary definitions for denominations

denomination

/dɪˌnɒmɪˈneɪʃən/
noun
1.
a group having a distinctive interpretation of a religious faith and usually its own organization
2.
a grade or unit in a series of designations of value, weight, measure, etc coins of this denomination are being withdrawn
3.
a name given to a class or group; classification
4.
the act of giving a name
5.
a name; designation
Derived Forms
denominational, adjective
denominationally, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dēnōminātiō a calling by name; see denominate
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Word Origin and History for denominations
denomination
late 14c., "a naming," from L. denominationem (nom. denominatio) "a calling by anything other than the proper name, metonymy," from denominare "to name," from de- "completely" + nominare "to name." Monetary sense is 1650s; meaning "religious sect" is 1716.
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