- 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.
Origin of denomination
Related Words for denominationfaith, creed, religion, sect, church, cult, persuasion, group, school, communion, connection, category, body, grade, value, type, class, unit, size, slot
Examples from the Web for denomination
Contemporary Examples of denomination
Reinke lost his pulpit and was drummed out of the conservative Missouri Synod of the Lutheran denomination.The Pastor Who Scandalized His Town
October 8, 2014
Communion practices vary by denomination and even by individual parishes.Can You Catch a Cold at Communion?
December 13, 2013
Dollar bills (of any denomination) represent a claim on the labor, services, and products of Americans.All About the Benjamins: Here’s the Redesigned $100 Bill
October 7, 2013
The empty layers of denomination and doctrine that have little to do with grace.Pope Francis’s Injunction to Get Back to Basics May Help American Christianity
October 6, 2013
Afraid to incite violence and unsure which denomination has the right to the ladder, no one has moved it since.Christian Monks Square Off at One of Jerusalem’s Holiest Sites
July 4, 2013
Historical Examples of denomination
On his return, he married "Lydia Tindall, of the denomination of Puritans."The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
He has long been a valued and honored member of the Baptist denomination.Cleveland Past and Present
The article will not come under the denomination of dry goods.
The term matriarchy is given to denomination after the maternal side.The Sexual Question
In form, he was certainly an Episcopalian, though not a sectary of that denomination.The Pioneers
James Fenimore Cooper
- 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- a grade or unit in a series of designations of value, weight, measure, etccoins of this denomination are being withdrawn
- a name given to a class or group; classification
- the act of giving a name
- a name; designation
Word Origin 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.