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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invitational noun

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There are 12 teams in the Florida section and El Nino has been invited to various invitational tournaments. Emmett Hall,, "El Nino Frisbee club looking for new players," 6 June 2019 In the last three years, four of the five in-state champions at that invitational went on to win a WIAA state titles that year. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Positive attitude helps Waterford's Jared Krattiger stay on top of his game," 13 Jan. 2018 Other conference series have been invitational, including Foo Camp (which is impossible to describe); SciFoo (basically Foo Camp, but for scientists); EdFoo (think SciFoo, but for educators); and many others. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Sitting down with legendary publisher Tim O’Reilly," 31 July 2018 In addition to the 30 official sports selected by the IWGA, Birmingham, as host city, had the opportunity to select up to five invitational sports to include in the program. Erin Edgemon,, "30 sports competing at World Games 2021 Birmingham," 16 Apr. 2018 His best time this season is 10.7, run in the Phoenix Brophy invitational. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Saguaro's Kelee Ringo emerges as No. 1 cornerback in the nation," 14 Mar. 2018 In its 18th season, this year's invitational, which starts Friday, is a nine-game event pitting three Southeastern Conference teams playing three programs from somewhat local universities – Houston, Sam Houston State and Louisiana – over three days. Richard Dean, Houston Chronicle, "UH, Sam Houston State gear up for College Classic at Minute Maid Park," 1 Mar. 2018 For the Lotte New York Palace’s fourth annual pre–U.S. Open invitational, top tennis pros took to the hotel’s temporary court with rackets in hand. David Graver, Vogue, "Serena Williams Battles Rafael Nadal at the Lotte New York Palace Badminton Tournament," 24 Aug. 2018 Last year there were only seven under par rounds for the entire invitational. Richard Dean, Houston Chronicle, "Tony Romo shares first-round lead at Carlton Woods Invitational in The Woodlands," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of invitational

1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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