re·​ces·​sion·​al | \ ri-ˈsesh-nəl How to pronounce recessional (audio) , -ˈse-shə-nᵊl\

Definition of recessional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to a withdrawal



Definition of recessional (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a hymn or musical piece at the conclusion of a service or program

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Reagan’s journey proceeds in five movements: Midwestern youth; Hollywood; an introduction to politics (as union head, corporate spokesman and governor of California); the presidency; the recessional. Richard Brookhiser, WSJ, "‘Reagan: An American Journey’ Review: The Arc of an All-American," 27 Sep. 2018 A family member, Andrew Fund, played cello for recessional music. John-john Williams Iv,, "Wedded: For Sophia Ju and Seth Ferderer, romance took time to grow," 24 June 2017 After the recessional to the south side of the cathedral, all are welcome to enjoy entertainment by the Saint Andrew’s Society Pipes and Drums and Highland dancers. Gerri Marmer, Washington Post, "Religion events from around the Washington area," 27 Apr. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Their recessional was the throne-room theme from A New Hope. Rob Ledonne, Billboard, "With John Williams Stepping Aside, 'Solo' Looks to Create a 'Modern' Musical Score for 'Star Wars'," 25 May 2018 With regard to the American 21st century, Gaddis’s favorite novelists and philosophers perhaps argue against both optional intercessions abroad and moralistic lead-from-behind recessionals. Victor Davis Hanson, New York Times, "When to Wage War, and How to Win: A Guide," 20 Apr. 2018 Those were just suggestions for the processional, unity ceremony and recessional. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This startup takes the guesswork out of picking music — and musicians — for your wedding," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of recessional


1867, in the meaning defined above


1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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