in·​vi·​ta·​tion·​al ˌin-və-ˈtā-sh(ə-)nəl How to pronounce invitational (audio)
: limited to invited participants
an invitational tournament
: prepared or entered in response to a request
an invitational article
invitational noun

Examples of invitational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mira Costa did well without her, winning the invitational championship by defeating Texas Cornerstone Christian 15-11 in the final set. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 14 Aug. 2023 For the second year Hale Farm & Village is hosting Fuel Cleveland – an invitational show featuring vintage and rare motorcycles and custom vans July 29-30. Megan Becka, cleveland, 27 July 2023 Since then, Iowa has also adopted it, Florida has voted to implement it on an optional but recommended basis, and South Carolina has adopted it for showcase and invitational events. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, 13 June 2023 An invitational surfing competition in O'ahu's north shore was named in his honor. Becky Worley, ABC News, 1 June 2023 Charmed during that invitational weekend and with a major scholarship in tow, my sister enrolled the following fall. Tasha Sandoval,, 21 June 2023 This is the course that Dr. Alister MacKenzie, among the best Golden Age architects, and Bobby Jones, the great amateur champion, created to host an invitational tournament that would bring together the best golfers. Paul Sullivan, New York Times, 5 Apr. 2023 Teenage boys in basketball jerseys and sneakers confidently led a number of invitational dances, hauling up bashful guardsmen twice their height onto the gym floor to dance and stomp along. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Dec. 2022 Sage Creek’s Bryce Gilmore was second in the invitational mile at 4:11.71, which converts to a 4:10.31 for 1,600 meters, best in the section . Steve Brand, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of invitational was in 1918

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“Invitational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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