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pro·​ces·​sion·​al prə-ˈsesh-nəl How to pronounce processional (audio)
: a book containing material for a procession
: a musical composition (such as a hymn) designed for a procession
: a ceremonial procession


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: of, relating to, or moving in a procession
processionally adverb

Examples of processional in a Sentence

Noun He led a slow processional into the church.
Recent Examples on the Web
The processional goes east on Wisconsin Avenue through downtown turning north through the roundabout. Cathy Kozlowicz, Journal Sentinel, 6 May 2024 Processional to First Baptist Church At about, 10:06 a.m., the processional begins to enter First Baptist Church, where services for Officer Eyer will begin. Joe Marusak, Charlotte Observer, 3 May 2024 The processional featured 10 women in white, including friends and former students who have taken part in Campos-Pons’s previous performances; two passed back and forth a rich blue fabric. Siddhartha Mitter, New York Times, 22 Sep. 2023 That was us, leading the processional, followed by the purple choir, who got to hold actual candles. Murr Brewster, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Dec. 2023 The opening Mass and seating arrangements made that clear: The lay participants led off the processional into St. Peter's Square, followed by the vested clerics, suggesting their primacy of place. Nicole Winfield The Associated Press, Arkansas Online, 5 Oct. 2023 Deputies gathered alongside other county employees and community members to form a processional as Clinkunbroomer's body was transported Saturday night. Doha Madani, NBC News, 17 Sep. 2023 Charles also played an important role at Diana's funeral in 1997, walking behind her coffin during the processional and delivering a powerful eulogy inside Westminster Abbey. Stephanie Kaloi, Peoplemag, 22 Sep. 2023 The project will culminate on April 9 with coverage of the special processional in Atlanta marking the path of Dr. King’s funeral, which was watched by the world. Ernie Suggs, ajc, 11 Jan. 2017
But almost everyone — even Pogacar — had expected that Roglic would roll into Paris with the yellow jersey on his shoulders, sipping champagne in the saddle on the processional ride, on his way to becoming Slovenia’s first winner., 19 Sep. 2020 All four were patiently waiting for the procession on The Mall, a grand processional route running from Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square in central London. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 6 May 2023 The route around the airbase — home to Britain's fleet of Chinook helicopters — was carefully measured to replicate the processional route between Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace that King Charles, 74, and Queen Camilla, 75, will follow after their May 6 coronation ceremony. Phil Boucher, Peoplemag, 1 May 2023 Meanwhile, the palace recently revealed the intricate design of the invitation sent to the 2,000 guests who will attend the coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey as well as details of the processional routes, carriages, coronation regalia and even a new emoji. Max Foster, CNN, 14 Apr. 2023 One depicts two young riders, and the other shows heads of two processional figures with olive branches, known as thallophores. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2023 The unveiling is closed to the public -- it will be limited to Smith’s family, county leaders and law enforcement officials -- but residents are encouraged to line the processional route. Leon Stafford, ajc, 28 Dec. 2020 The opera that has furnished processional music for untold millions of weddings is an essay on the impossibility of marital trust—at least, when one member of the couple is a Knight of the Holy Grail. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 6 Mar. 2023 Once seated, the Tivoli Youth Guard strode in toy soldier precision to line the theater’s aisles and play a triumphant processional march. Harper's BAZAAR, 3 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of processional was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Processional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
pro·​ces·​sion·​al prə-ˈsesh-nəl How to pronounce processional (audio)
: a musical composition (as a hymn) written for a procession


2 of 2 adjective
: of, relating to, or moving in a procession

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