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denomination

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1  —as in:
the Baptist denomination
Definition a group of religious congregations (such as churches, temples, masques...) sharing distinctive beliefs and belonging to the same organization

or more rarely (and less formally):  any categorization of people
  • Downtown synagogues, mosques and churches of various denominations joined to assist the homeless.
denominations = a group of religious congregations (such as churches, temples, masques...) sharing distinctive beliefs and belonging to the same organization
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Billy Graham transcended denomination and became a spokesperson for most American Christians.
  • denomination = a group of religious congregations (such as churches, temples, masques...) sharing distinctive beliefs and belonging to the same organization

    or more rarely (and less formally):  any categorization of people
  • We shared a nondenominational prayer before beginning.
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "non-" in nondenominational means not and reverses the meaning of denominational. This is the same pattern you see in words like nonfat, nonfiction, and nonprofit.)
  • I had no idea what sort of denomination Orthodox Eclectic was, but I nodded like we had a big group of them back in Sylvan.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • denomination = group of associated churches
  • It is not there that respectable people of any denomination can do most good; and it certainly is not there that the influence of the clergy can be most felt.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • denomination = a group of religious congregations (such as churches, temples, masques...) sharing distinctive beliefs and belonging to the same organization
  • The chaplain came around and asked if we wanted to come to nondenominational services.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • nondenominational = not favoring one religious group over another
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "non-" in nondenominational means not and reverses the meaning of denominational. This is the same pattern you see in words like nonfat, nonfiction, and nonprofit.)
  • He stood up and said his Denomination believed in being kind to everybody; kind to animals and such.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • denomination = group of associated churches
  • Where any one body of educated men, of whatever denomination, are condemned indiscriminately, there must be a deficiency of information, or (smiling) of something else.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • denomination = a group of religious congregations (such as churches, temples, masques...) sharing distinctive beliefs and belonging to the same organization
  • This is the hospital's idea of nondenominational.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "non-" in nondenominational means not and reverses the meaning of denominational. This is the same pattern you see in words like nonfat, nonfiction, and nonprofit.)
  • Although her clientele was nondenominational, she'd garnered a word-of-mouth reputation among temple sisterhoods, and patrons came from as far away as New York and Connecticut and even Maryland to relax and rejuvenate.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
(Editor's note:  The prefix "non-" in nondenominational means not and reverses the meaning of denominational. This is the same pattern you see in words like nonfat, nonfiction, and nonprofit.)

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2  —as in:
bills of a large denomination
Definition a shared value printed on different pieces of currency — such as $20 bills

or more rarely:  a unit of measure belonging to other systems of measurement
  • She flashed a fistful of bills of large denominations.
denominations = high numbers (on the currency bills—such as $100 and $50 rather than $1 and $5)

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Less commonly:
Much more rarely, denomination can be used to refer to a non-measurement categorization such as all the diamonds in a deck of cards. Even more rarely, it can refer to the act of assigning something to a category.
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