Definition of denomination in US English:



  • 1A recognized autonomous branch of the Christian Church.

    • ‘Many churches of all denominations and local organizations-from Girl and Boy Scouts to college student service groups-became involved.’
    • ‘Pretty much all Christian denominations and traditions celebrate Christmas and so it's a good reminder of our common roots and ancestry.’
    • ‘The Protestant and Roman Catholic churches are the main Christian denominations.’
    • ‘Churches of all denominations and churchgoers of all ages offered their prayers.’
    • ‘More than 1,400 churches of 82 denominations provided volunteers.’
    • ‘The Council is an organisation for Christian churches of all denominations in the city.’
    • ‘The name of the denomination was changed slightly: the Union of Evangelical Christian and Baptist Churches of Estonia.’
    • ‘The Roman Catholic Church and the Free Methodist Church and other denominations have their own rules for what constitutes a marriage in their eyes.’
    • ‘The main Christian denominations have established fine churches in the town and congregations not only hold services but are involved in community care.’
    • ‘Couples wanting a Christian wedding are married in a church of the denomination of their choice and the minister or priest of that church takes the service.’
    • ‘Mr Cobell is sure only a minority attend services but many people from all denominations attend services.’
    • ‘Hundreds of churches of various denominations across the country are using it as a resource to start these important conversations.’
    • ‘Around 20 churches, including all the main Christian denominations, have agreed a standard baptism certificate.’
    • ‘As this incident suggests, the move to the mainstream had significant ramifications for relationships with other denominations.’
    • ‘Once a rallying cry of mainline churches in the 1960s, racially integrated churches number only 2 to 3 percent within mainline denominations today.’
    • ‘Representatives of the churches in the denomination spent much of their time discussing issues involved with planting new churches around the country.’
    • ‘Far more often than they named any service the denomination provides to them, they talked about how their denominational mission and relief agencies do good work that they want to support.’
    • ‘With denominationalism on the rise, the Presbyterians established their own Board of Foreign Missions in 1837, and many other denominations followed suit.’
    • ‘Wilcox seems to have picked Protestants to study because their large number of denominations makes them relatively easy to classify by ideological and theological subgroup.’
    • ‘But the actual beliefs and practices of individual churches in these denominations depend on the local leaders.’
    religious group, sect, church, cult, movement, faith community, body, persuasion, religious persuasion, communion, order, fraternity, brotherhood, sisterhood, school
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    1. 1.1 A group or branch of any religion.
      ‘Jewish clergy of all denominations’
      • ‘Think of the many denominations, sects or cults in America which function primarily as religions of individual salvation.’
      • ‘The result of this analysis indicated that the patterns of social mobility were almost identical for all three religious denominations.’
      • ‘A religious group includes denomination or mode of worship or a group sharing common beliefs.’
      • ‘Even within denominations, there are different interpretations.’
      • ‘Again, initial analyses revealed no effect of denomination or religious conservatism on volunteering, and so these variables were not included in the final regression analysis.’
      • ‘Though many denominations and religious organizations have their own traditions and practices, I'll focus here on the mainline and evangelical versions of healing services.’
      • ‘I argue that, in addition to organizational dynamics, the analogy of family relationships may also be fruitful for understanding gender in modern religious denominations.’
      • ‘The first three articles in this issue reflect upon components of social action within religious denominations or local congregations.’
      • ‘Our concern in this article is not to comment on the importance of denominations but to examine denominational loyalty over time in a cross-denominational sample.’
      • ‘How can we expect these men to speak out in civil society for causes they have not supported in their own denominations?’
      • ‘People are people, across denominations and religions.’
      • ‘There is a commendable variety of selections, representing the various religious traditions and denominations in America, which generally run in length from eight to ten pages.’
      • ‘Sectarianism is about religious denominations.’
      • ‘These are some of the minor differences that are typically found within denominations.’
      • ‘Until recently, social mobility of members of the various religious denominations has hardly received any attention.’
      • ‘Yet, in days past, these issues were at the heart of wars between and within denominations.’
      • ‘Under the Constitution, as interpreted by the courts, not only religions but also religious denominations are protected - for good reason.’
      • ‘The building was used by various denominations for their services.’
      • ‘Perhaps the most remarkable finding thus far is the fact that these social mobility patterns were the same for all religious denominations.’
      • ‘There are over 100 denominations and religious sects in Barbados.’
      faith, belief, divinity, worship, creed, teaching, doctrine, theology
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  • 2The face value of a banknote, coin, or postage stamp.

    ‘a hundred dollars or so, in small denominations’
    • ‘After they finished, one of the classes separated the coins into denominations and counted them up for me.’
    • ‘A euro consists of 100 cents and cents coins will be in denominations of one, two, five, ten, 20 and 50.’
    • ‘You'll never know the difference on nickel and quarter machines, though, and it will take a year's worth of spins to feel the difference on the higher denominations.’
    • ‘Five-dollar bills are now the lowest non-coin denomination and the increased handling has caused them to deteriorate.’
    • ‘If the payment is to be made in cash (rounded off to the closest zero), the consumer slips currency notes of specific denominations into the machine through a slot.’
    • ‘The cards originally represented different denominations of money.’
    • ‘The larger denomination coins and the notes are being spent but the vast majority of opinion regards them as having little spending power.’
    • ‘There's hardly a week passes that the school doesn't ask for money of some denomination, so why they don't help with the parking situation is a joke.’
    • ‘These coins were of various denominations and belong to different ages.’
    • ‘Despite its apparent inefficiency, the current U.S. system of coin denominations has a striking advantage over many other possible systems.’
    • ‘The Government has done away with many of the lesser denominations of coins, but prices are not keeping up with the changes.’
    • ‘The problem is that the government refuses to acknowledge that a problem exists and simply prints banknotes with larger denominations.’
    • ‘British currency had been de facto gold through much of the 1700s and until 1800 lacked small denomination coins.’
    • ‘The drugs trade, for example, tends to make its illicit gains in the form of small denomination bank notes.’
    • ‘They received payment in the form of both paper currency and coins of various denominations.’
    • ‘When the Euro was introduced, the denominations of the coins and the banknotes had to create some sort of compromise between the monetary habits of the various European countries.’
    • ‘The Central Bank had earlier withdrawn the highest denomination banknote to also stop hoarding.’
    • ‘Gold and silver vessels served in effect as large denomination banknotes, and weighed round figures in terms of the prevailing currency standards.’
    • ‘I had previously contemplated doing something evil by paying him in $0.05 pieces, but this was cut short when I only had $7 in that particular denomination.’
    • ‘By law, currency issued by the government, in any form and denomination is the acceptable medium for commercial transaction unless otherwise stated.’
    value, unit, grade, size, measure
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    1. 2.1 The rank of a playing card within a suit, or of a suit relative to others.
      ‘two cards of the same denomination’
      • ‘If 2 or more players play discards to a trick that are the same denomination, suits come into play.’
      • ‘As different coloured cards have different powers, Barry and Vice Barry can choose which colour they receive from Les and Vice Les, but only if the Les's have multiple cards of the same denomination.’
      • ‘Within each denomination the cards rank Club, Spade, Heart, Diamond (low).’
      • ‘The first player of this team who mentioned the denomination (suit or no trumps) of the contract becomes the declarer.’
      • ‘To play to a trick a player must play the same number of a lower denomination than the current lowest.’
      • ‘At your turn you can either pass or bid higher than the previous bidder - either by bidding more tricks, or by bidding the same number of tricks in a higher denomination.’
      • ‘However, if there is an absolute tie (exact same hand denominations, exact same amount of banner suits in hand), then there is no winner and no points are awarded that hand.’
  • 3formal A name or designation, especially one serving to classify a set of things.

    • ‘Churches have dropped their denominational affiliation as part of their name and have actually given themselves a name which doesn't denote which denomination they're with.’
    • ‘I've found myself categorized into a box when I mention denomination - either what I grew up with or where I currently serve.’
    • ‘Its frame of coconut trees on either side, a title at the top and denomination at the base, is inverted, making it a highly prized specimen.’
    • ‘Although at first the area received other denominations, this geographical characteristic finally inspired the actual name.’
    • ‘One of the first denominations it had was Korinthos, but this name would change depending on different invaders and on who was in control of the town at different given periods.’
    name, title, term, designation, epithet, label, tag, style, sobriquet, nickname, byname
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    1. 3.1 The action of naming or classifying something.
      ‘the denomination of herself as intellectual rebel’
      • ‘Yes, but, your Honour, this is about denomination or categorisation of offences.’
      • ‘But sociologists say it is a growing practice, a reflection of how Americans today are less attached to a historical, family denomination.’
      • ‘The Pixies' originals are masterpieces, but the second disc seems to indicate that they are fragile in that denomination.’


Late Middle English (in denomination (sense 3)): from Latin denominatio(n-), from the verb denominare (see denominate). denomination (sense 1) dates from the mid 17th century.