pro·​ces·​sion·​al | \ prə-ˈsesh-nəl How to pronounce processional (audio) , -ˈse-shə-nᵊl\

Definition of processional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a book containing material for a procession
2 : a musical composition (such as a hymn) designed for a procession
3 : a ceremonial procession



Definition of processional (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or moving in a procession

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processionally adverb

Examples of processional in a Sentence


He led a slow processional into the church.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Following a formal service at 11 a.m., the public is invited to pay their respects between the hours of 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. On Saturday at approximately 8:30 a.m., there will be a public processional from the Capitol to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "President Trump Reportedly Will Not Attend John McCain's Funeral," 29 Aug. 2018 Meghan, 36, embarked on the carriage processional with her husband Prince Harry, with her new sister-in-law Kate Middleton and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall riding ahead of them. Dana Rose Falcone,, "Comparing Meghan Markle's Trooping the Colour Debut to Kate Middleton's 7 Years Ago," 9 June 2018 Professor Bill Stiffler, faculty marshal, and Professor Dorothy E. Miller, EdD, student marshal, led the processional. The Aegis, "Harford Community College celebrates 60th graduation Thursday," 25 May 2018 Recorded footage of the ceremony and processional will be re-broadcast on screens around the Lobby Lounge. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "3 Distinct Ways to Celebrate the Royal Wedding Day in L.A.," 14 May 2018 The soon-t0-be groom rode in the same kind of carriage in Will and Kate's wedding processional in 2011. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "This Is How We'll First See Prince Harry and Meghan as a Married Couple," 2 May 2018 When making public appearances and during processionals (such as weddings, parades, etc.), the royal family must always be in royal ranking order. Morgan Evans, Redbook, "9 Things You Didn't Know About Marrying a British Royal," 11 Apr. 2017 Then a processional is planned to carry her body to the George Bush Presidential Library Center in College Station, on the campus of Texas A&M, where she will be laid to rest near the grave of a daughter, Robin. Susan Page, USA TODAY, "Barbara Bush, former first lady and matriarch of Bush family, dies at 92," 17 Apr. 2018 Later that summer, during the Queen's Diamond Jubliee, Camilla accompanied the Queen on a carriage ride during one of the event's processionals. Morgan Evans, Good Housekeeping, "A Timeline of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles' Royal Romance," 12 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Following a private ceremony at 11 a.m., members of the public will be able to pay their respects from 2 to 8 p.m. On Saturday, there will be a processional from the Capitol to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Cindy McCain Asks Mourners to Send Flowers to Veterans Hospitals in Honor of Her Husband," 30 Aug. 2018 The architect describes following the ramp as processional, but that suggestion of formality and hierarchical symmetries is misleading. Julie V. Iovine., WSJ, "A Shrine to Honor Service," 24 Oct. 2018 Factor in the scorching hot conditions wearing away the tires -- which blistered badly during the second practice session -- and many drivers are projecting a processional race with less passing than at the Indianapolis 500 a couple weeks ago. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Josef Newgarden's pole position at Texas could be more important than ever," 8 June 2018 Martinez, who is Mexican American, has fashioned a Meinhof processional placard that recalls Catholic saint-banners, which derive from the military standards once carried into battle. Christopher Knight,, "'Made in L.A. 2018': Why the Hammer biennial is the right show for disturbing times," 5 June 2018 Around 100,000 people are expected along the processional routes. NBC News, "Prince Harry weds Meghan Markle: Everything you need to know about the royal wedding," 17 May 2018 Knauf warned that Windsor is expected to be incredibly busy on the day, and recommends those hoping to stake out a spot on the processional route to leave themselves plenty of time. Max Foster, CNN, "Royal wedding: Role of Meghan Markle's parents revealed," 4 May 2018 John Perrine offered tips for anyone attending or encountering the processional via Twitter. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Funeral, processional route details for Boone County Deputy Jacob Pickett," 9 Mar. 2018 The city mourned him last year with a processional route where hundreds of residents saluted him and ceremonies attended by numerous law enforcement officers. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "City remembers Officer Nick Rodman, who holds a 'special place' in the heart of Louisville," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of processional


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of processional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of music that is played during a procession



English Language Learners Definition of processional (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or used for a procession

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