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[dih-nom-uh-ney-shuh n] /dɪˌnɒm əˈneɪ ʃən/
a religious group, usually including many local churches, often larger than a sect:
the Lutheran denomination.
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.
a name or designation, especially one for a class of things.
a class or kind of persons or things distinguished by a specific name.
the act of naming or designating a person or thing.
1350-1400; Middle English denominacioun < Late Latin dēnōminātiōn- (stem of dēnōminātiō), in Latin: metonymy, equivalent to dēnōmināt(us) (see denominate) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


a group having a distinctive interpretation of a religious faith and usually its own organization
a grade or unit in a series of designations of value, weight, measure, etc: coins of this denomination are being withdrawn
a name given to a class or group; classification
the act of giving a name
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



late 14c., "a naming, act of giving a name to," from Old French denominacion "nominating, naming," from Latin denominationem (nominative denominatio) "a calling by anything other than the proper name, metonymy," from denominare "to name," from de- "completely" (see de-) + nominare "to name" (see nominate). Meaning "a class" is from mid-15c. Monetary sense is 1650s; meaning "religious sect" is 1716.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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