processional

noun
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

processional

adjective

Definition of processional (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or moving in a procession

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Adjective

processionally adverb

Examples of processional in a Sentence

Noun He led a slow processional into the church.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At the gate to Crown Hill Cemetery, officers involved in the processional will disperse. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "IMPD funeral updates: Officer Leath laid to rest at Crown Hill Cemetery," 16 Apr. 2020 Not even Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who founded the Islamic Republic, received such a processional with his death in 1989. Time, "'We Promise to Continue Down Martyr Soleimani's Path.' Huge Crowds of Mourners in Tehran Attend Funeral For Qasem Soleimani," 6 Jan. 2020 Not even Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who founded the Islamic Republic, received such a processional with his death in 1989. Author: Nasser Karimi, Jon Gambrell, Anchorage Daily News, "Iran holds massive funeral for US-slain commander amid calls for vengeance," 6 Jan. 2020 The glad-handing of the processional after the House doorkeeper announced his arrival. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Watch live: Trump delivers State of the Union on eve of impeachment vote, a spectacle of vision, rancor and surreality," 5 Feb. 2020 Not even Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who founded the Islamic Republic, received such a processional with his death in 1989. Author: Nasser Karimi, Jon Gambrell, Anchorage Daily News, "Iran holds massive funeral for US-slain commander amid calls for vengeance," 6 Jan. 2020 The wedding processional was just about to start and everyone was lining up to begin walking down the aisle. Alix Strauss, New York Times, "Wedding Photographers Share Their Favorite Moments," 30 Apr. 2019 Not even Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who founded the Islamic Republic, received such a processional with his death in 1989. Time, "'We Promise to Continue Down Martyr Soleimani's Path.' Huge Crowds of Mourners in Tehran Attend Funeral For Qasem Soleimani," 6 Jan. 2020 Not even Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who founded the Islamic Republic, received such a processional with his death in 1989. Nasser Karimi And Jon Gambrell, USA TODAY, "Iran's Supreme Leader weeps at Gen. Qasem Soleimani’s funeral as masses mourn," 6 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The family invites the Woodlawn Valley Community to greet them along the processional route to the cemetery on Susan Upton Farley Way (Woodlawn Boulevard) from Grove Road northbound to Riddle Road at approximately 12:40 p.m. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Lives Remembered: Former Woodlawn mayor dies at 78. 'She was a lady of class and dignity'," 30 Apr. 2020 But even that processional ended with a stampede in Soleimani’s hometown that killed at least 56 people and injured over 200 more. Washington Post, "Crash may be grim echo of US downing of Iran flight in 1988," 10 Jan. 2020 Pence wanted the more contemporary song instead of a traditional processional piece because of its message of Jesus being the center of a person’s life. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: Vice President Mike Pence's daughter Charlotte shares details of her upcoming wedding," 11 Dec. 2019 But even that processional ended with a stampede in Soleimani's hometown that killed at least 56 people and injured over 200 more. Jon Gambrell, USA TODAY, "Ukrainian plane crash may be grim echo of US downing of Iran flight in 1988," 10 Jan. 2020 The funeral arrangements of Army specialist Angel Luis Lopez was to have the Honor Guard and processional walk from the funeral home to the cemetery. John Kuntz, cleveland, "Staff photographer John Kuntz’s Top 10 photos of the past 10 years," 26 Dec. 2019 The processional organization of forty-two works reveals the creation of a vocabulary, an increasing collection of codes and techniques. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "MOMA’s Heady Introduction to Betye Saar, “The Conscience of the Art World”," 24 Oct. 2019 Priests carry the effigy around the complex in a processional chariot—accompanied by a mesmerizing swirl of chanting, drums, music, prayer, and smoke—before laying it to rest for the night. National Geographic, "Step into history at these stunning archaeological sites," 21 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of processional

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

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“Processional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/processional. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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processional

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English Language Learners Definition of processional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of music that is played during a procession

processional

adjective

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

: of, relating to, or used for a procession

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