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[dih-nom-uh-ney-shuh n]
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  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.
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Origin of denomination

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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Related Words for denomination

faith, creed, religion, sect, church, cult, persuasion, group, school, communion, connection, category, body, grade, value, type, class, unit, size, slot

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British Dictionary definitions for denomination


  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 a grade or unit in a series of designations of value, weight, measure, etccoins of this denomination are being withdrawn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
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Derived Formsdenominational, adjectivedenominationally, adverb

Word Origin for denomination

C15: from Latin dēnōminātiō a calling by name; see denominate
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Word Origin and History for denomination


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.

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