processional

1 of 2

noun

pro·​ces·​sion·​al prə-ˈsesh-nəl How to pronounce processional (audio)
-ˈse-shə-nᵊl
1
: a book containing material for a procession
2
: a musical composition (such as a hymn) designed for a procession
3
: a ceremonial procession

processional

2 of 2

adjective

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

Example Sentences

Noun He led a slow processional into the church.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The processional from the narthex down the nave to the altar has been compressed into a passage of just a few steps. Curbed, 6 Dec. 2022 The symphony sounds remarkably hale under Payare’s baton, and as the movement grew, so did the power and immediacy of the orchestra, always bringing balance and poise back to the beloved processional of the main melody. Luke Schulze, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Nov. 2022 In a grim display, four days after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, her children today walked behind her coffin during the processional to the historic St. Giles' Cathedral. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 12 Sep. 2022 For the processional to the historic St. Giles' Cathedral last week, Camilla wore the diamond thistle brooch gifted to her by the late queen. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 Sep. 2022 The solemn processional drew a respectful crowd of thousands to the Scottish capital. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 13 Sep. 2022 Woods, then in his prime, won by eight strokes, turning the final round into a processional. New York Times, 17 July 2022 While Queen Elizabeth was missing from the opening day of Britain's most popular horse racing event, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will lead the royal processional around the track. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, 14 June 2022 Better known for pirates than the solstice, the town of Penzance on the southwest coast of England revived the delightful tradition of a Cornish processional. Forrest Brown, CNN, 21 Dec. 2021
Adjective
The Mall was a woodland in the 1890s but was made into a processional way in the years immediately preceding the First World War. Carlton Reid, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2022 Better known for pirates than the solstice, the town of Penzance on the southwest coast of England revived the delightful tradition of a Cornish processional -- along with dancing, mask-wearing, singing and more. Forrest Brown, CNN, 21 Dec. 2022 For a limited time, the warrior will lead a 5:30 p.m. nightly processional from the Avengers Headquarters building to the new Black Panther Celebration Garden next to the Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT! ride. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Nov. 2022 Over in Disney California Adventure, Disney Festival of Holidays celebrates a host of holidays with international foods, live music and Mickey's Happy Holidays processional with life-size toy soldiers. Eve Chen, USA TODAY, 30 Oct. 2022 The color guard will also lead this week’s processional on the Mall. Janelle Harris Dixon, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Nov. 2022 Guests lined up along the venue’s grand staircases for processional entries and extravagant photographs, a true sight to behold. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, 24 Oct. 2022 In the song’s intro, processional drums and a trembling guitar line promised a power ballad with all the poignance of a Steven Spielberg movie. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 4 Oct. 2022 The 2022 processional will mark the first time since 2019 that the event will include the gigantic choir made up of community members. Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel, 30 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/processional. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

processional

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

processional

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

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