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

Other Words from invitational

invitational noun

Examples of invitational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Becenti, who coaches youth players in Shiprock, N.M., remembers competing with Staley and a slew of other stars from the 1996 U.S. women’s national team in various invitational tryouts. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 28 May 2022 Pinseeker is in the planning phase of a real life invitational tournament at a notable course in 2023 where players who have won the most in the game’s flights and leagues will compete. Mike Dojc, Forbes, 20 May 2022 Oregon Ducks sprinter Micah Williams clocked a world-leading 9.83 seconds in the 100 meters on Saturday to win the invitational event at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, California. oregonlive, 17 Apr. 2022 The hiring announcement comes as the BDC prepares for an opening weekend May 5-8 that will include a gala invitational dinner and celebratory concerts by Elvis Costello, Mavis Staples and Patti Smith. Chris Willman, Variety, 25 Apr. 2022 As part of the sport’s global growth, the International Challenge Cup, an invitational event that features American and European teams, has crowned three winners: NWSL teams North Carolina and Portland. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Apr. 2022 The Masters has always been an invitational event, even before it was called the Masters, though its appeal and prestige have swelled since the tournament’s early days. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2022 Mackenzie Rogers won the invitational girls 3,200 meters in 10:24.89, a week after clocking a 10:17.91 at Arcadia. Steve Brand, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Apr. 2022 Adonijah Currie of Golden Valley won the invitational 400 in 53.69 and the 200 in 23.65. Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of invitational

1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Invitational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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