in·​vi·​ta·​tion·​al | \ ˌin-və-ˈtā-shnəl How to pronounce invitational (audio) , -shə-nᵊl \

Definition of invitational

1 : limited to invited participants an invitational tournament
2 : prepared or entered in response to a request an invitational article

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Other Words from invitational

invitational noun

Examples of invitational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Exhibiting artists, who are selected on an invitational basis, are free to work inside, outside, on top of and even underneath the century-old building. Danielle Avram, Dallas News, "Mathew Cerletty’s deadpan, hyper-realistic style elevates everyday objects at The Power Station," 3 Dec. 2020 As incentive, those following through will be eligible to participate in any MYBA invitational tournament and the state championships. Nick Kelly, Star Tribune, "Tougher COVID procedures proposed as Minnesota youth sports wait out extended pause," 16 Dec. 2020 As a high school senior, Fields brought the fastest time into the 100-meter hurdles preliminaries at the Florida State Relays, a major invitational meet. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Shaun Wade could not walk away from his Ohio State football teammates and their national championship potential," 23 Oct. 2020 Beaulieu has won all five races this season, including three major invitational runs — Florida Horse Park Invitational, Invitational 21 and the FSU Invitational. Gary Curreri,, "COVID-19 ruins Boca Raton runner’s hopes of state title," 23 Oct. 2020 After the invitational race was over, timekeepers sorted out the standings while runners gathered in a socially distant manner in front of Kincaid’s giant electronic scoreboard. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Going out on top: seniors Zander Maurer and Naomi Bailey run to Division I state titles," 11 Oct. 2020 Men expected in the invitational field include Augustus Maiyo (fifth at the Olympic Trials), Marty Hehir (sixth), Collin Bennie (ninth), Scott Fauble (12th), Josh Izewski (17th) and Scott Smith (19th). Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, "Elite marathon coming to Chandler on Dec. 20 to fill gap created by pandemic," 24 Sep. 2020 Granted, there have only been four invitational tournaments to place at, but even Vendsahm admitted their team was a bit behind. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "How — and why— North Texas’ powerhouse esports orgs Complexity, Envy built their ‘Valorant’ teams," 20 Aug. 2020 Monday’s invitational marked Naperville Central’s first competition in any sport since March 11, when the boys basketball team defeated Glenbard East in a 4A sectional semifinal. Patrick Z. Mcgavin,, "Brian Izzo and Naperville Central want to keep eyes on the prize in boys golf: ‘We are not going to get ahead of ourselves.’," 18 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of invitational

1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of invitational was in 1918

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17 Jan 2021

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“Invitational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of invitational

US, sports : limited to people who have been invited to compete

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