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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

Noun He led a slow processional into the church.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Now, at last, the show will embark on its pop-royal processional. Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2021 The processional is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., and the commencement ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Aug. 2021 The rest of the processional was a bit more mellow, with a harpist playing as the bride entered. Shira Savada, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 June 2021 That Saturday and Sunday wouldn’t turn into a processional like a year ago. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 2 May 2021 Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District officials say that digital presentations featuring the accomplishments of graduates will take the place of the traditional processional at the evening events Wednesday and Thursday. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 June 2021 The processional will begin at 8:45 a.m. Spring 2021 graduates will participate alongside 2020 graduates from both fall and spring, whose commencement exercises were virtual in December. Pine Bluff Commercial, Arkansas Online, 8 May 2021 For this quirky event, residents gather at a local marina and join in a prayer for local fishermen and their families while a processional of boats passes. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 11 May 2021 Hard work on an aero package that attempts to find a happy medium between having a carousel of leaders and a 500-mile processional in Speedway. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 7 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The title references a processional dance that originated on Southern plantations during the slavery era and would later be parodied by white performers in minstrel shows. Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2021 In reality, the royals taking part in the processional changes each year, depending on who is in attendance and seniority. Lanford Beard,, 6 Sep. 2021 There is no cost for motorcyclists to join in the processional ride, but each rider and passenger must sign a waiver of liability. cleveland, 29 Aug. 2021 Once the bride and groom arrived at the mountaintop, Ellie was tucked away out of guests’ view and the processional began. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 14 July 2021 Bostic was soon arrested and was facing charges of evading arrest, interference with a processional, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief, authorities told FOX 4. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, 4 July 2021 The Duke of Edinburgh won't make use of all the vehicle's capabilities tomorrow because the trip within the Windsor grounds is a short, public processional, but the Defender has been designed for parade and non-parade modes of coffin conveyance. Guy Martin, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021 Shah’s team jumped into action to book vendors, from the photographer and the DJ to the horse for the traditional baraat processional, and then helped the couple get outfits, jewelry, hair, and makeup. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, 2 June 2021 Additionally, this year’s graduates will sit in the stands with their guests, and there will be no formal processional. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2021

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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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“Processional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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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