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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Other Words from processional


processionally adverb

Examples of processional in a Sentence


He led a slow processional into the church.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The parade is an annual Buddhist processional that marks important moments in Buddha's life, and its ceremonies are known for being elaborate and highly decorated. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "Elephants in a religious parade stampeded through a crowd, injuring 17," 10 Sep. 2019 Even with so many parishioners absent Sunday, the pews were packed as Mena followed the procession toward the chancel, behind the altar server holding up a red processional cross and the deacon carrying a red and gold Bible. Los Angeles Times, "A Mississippi church counts its missing after ICE raids: ‘This is a very dark moment’," 19 Aug. 2019 Various community groups will be involved in the festivities, and there will be a dance processional led by Brazilian batucada band Grooversity. Globe Staff,, "Freebies: Who doesn’t like them?," 18 Aug. 2019 Any questions concerning the processional should be directed to Fire Lt. Carol Robinson |,, "Gov. Ivey lowers flags to honor fallen Springville firefighter Jared Echols," 19 June 2019 Departments and agencies wishing to provide apparatus for the processional will assemble at Springville High School at 1:30pm. Carol Robinson |,, "Gov. Ivey lowers flags to honor fallen Springville firefighter Jared Echols," 19 June 2019 Immediately following the family’s services, a processional of fire and emergency apparatus will depart the Springville High School, located at 8411 US Hwy 11, Springville, Alabama 35146. Carol Robinson |,, "Gov. Ivey lowers flags to honor fallen Springville firefighter Jared Echols," 19 June 2019 All those wishing may join in a tractor processional from the church to the cemetery., "Leland Edward Gilbert," 12 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

With Memories on Their Backs As part of the annual Natsumatsuri Family Festival, Voices Carry presents choreographer Chris Emile’s dance-theater piece/processional spotlighting the plight of refugees. Los Angeles Times, "SoCal dance listings, Aug. 4-11: ‘With Memories on Their Backs,’ Ballet Beyond Borders and more," 2 Aug. 2019 Barring a crash or a last-minute health issue, Bernal will become the first Colombian to win cycling's biggest race when the Tour ends on Paris' Champs-Elysees with a largely processional stage on Sunday., "Colombia’s Egan Bernal all but secures Tour de France win," 27 July 2019 Neither have traces of a processional bark from the festival ever been found. National Geographic, "Egypt’s pharaohs welcomed summer with this fabulous festival," 25 June 2019 The valedictorian, 57-year-old James Murphy of Hartford, signaled the start of the processional by ringing the courtyard bell 21 times, once for each year since the college was founded. Rebecca Lurye,, "Danny Glover receives honorary degree at Goodwin College commencement; student speaker shares lesson from his years of addiction, homelessness," 8 June 2019 Unlike last year's nuptials, this one will be a private event, a Buckingham Palace source previously told People, so expect to see only photos of guests arriving and leaving — no carriage processional or livestream of the ceremony. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Who Is Lady Gabriella Windsor? Everything You Need to Know About Her and Her Royal Wedding," 26 Apr. 2019 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

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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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