Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[dih-nom-uh-ney-shuh-nl] /dɪˌnɒm əˈneɪ ʃə nl/
of or relating to a denomination or denominations.
founded, sponsored, or controlled by a particular religious denomination or sect:
denominational schools.
limited, conditioned, originating in, or influenced by the beliefs, attitudes, or interests of a religious sect, political party, etc.:
denominational prejudice.
Origin of denominational
First recorded in 1830-40; denomination + -al1
Related forms
denominationally, adverb
nondenominational, adjective
nondenominationally, adverb
transdenominational, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for denominational
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Claims for denominational schools were put forward not only by the Roman Catholics but by the Anglicans.

    George Brown John Lewis
  • Life and energy were infused into the denominational colleges.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • This Act gave the Trustee Boards of towns and cities full power to determine the number of, and regulate, denominational schools.

  • We may, when circumstances so suggest, change our denominational allegiance.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • Long custom, ancient disputes, denominational loyalties, keep these relatively feeble bodies asunder.

  • She did not view it as uncharitableness, but only as a denominational rule.

    Bertha and Her Baptism Nehemiah Adams
  • An unseen hand guides her to a chapel, which she would have disdained to enter had she known its denominational character.

  • Religious, or at least denominational, differences began to cause friction.

    The Canadian Dominion Oscar D. Skelton
  • He claimed no denominational name, but preached this glorious truth.

    The Harvest of Years Martha Lewis Beckwith Ewell
Word Origin and History for denominational

1838; see denomination + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for denominational

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for denominational

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for denominational