re·​gion·​al | \ ˈrēj-nəl How to pronounce regional (audio) , ˈrē-jə-nᵊl \

Definition of regional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : affecting a particular region : localized
2 : of, relating to, characteristic of, or serving a region a regional high school
3 : marked by regionalism regional art



Definition of regional (Entry 2 of 2)

: something (such as a branch of an organization or an edition of a magazine) that serves a region

Examples of regional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But smaller regional airports, near Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Colorado ski country, have passenger volume as much as 12 percent higher than this time last year., "Air travel is already back to normal in some places. Here’s where.," 1 Apr. 2021 The state tournaments marked the end of the season for most comp teams, although a handful will advance to regional tournaments. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage high school hockey players face mandatory COVID-19 testing after spike in exposures," 1 Apr. 2021 He was awarded most outstanding player of the regional, as if there was any other choice. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "Johnny Juzang writes his own UCLA legend with incredible March," 31 Mar. 2021 Uber promoted regional general manager for ANZ and North Asia Susan Anderson to global head of Uber for Business. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "How the LinkedIn job title ‘stay-at-home mom’ can help women get back to work," 31 Mar. 2021 Some of it was Washington-based and with travel to regional capitals helping Ambassador Jeffrey to manage that global coalition. CBS News, "Former envoy to global coalition against ISIS weighs in on future of Syrian conflict," 31 Mar. 2021 South regional champion Baylor reached its first Final Four since 1950, a milestone many expected the Bears to achieve in 2020 before the emerging coronavirus pandemic canceled the tournament last March. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "Two Weeks of Upsets Produce an Unsurprising Final Four (Except for UCLA)," 31 Mar. 2021 But since Disney already owned ESPN, the Justice Department required the company to divest the regional sports networks in order for the larger merger to go through. cleveland, "SportsTime Ohio is now Bally Sports Great Lakes: What it means and how to stream Cleveland Indians games in 2021," 31 Mar. 2021 The regional channels — which joined Fox Sports Networks in 1996 and 2000 respectively — are television homes for the Miami Heat, Miami Marlins, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Orlando Magic. Brett Shweky,, "Do you watch Heat, Marlins or Panthers on TV? The names of the channels are changing.," 31 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Trojans’ 85-51 rout of Kansas on Monday in the second round of the West regional was stunning in its thoroughness. Los Angeles Times, "Column: USC spears Kansas to showcase the arrival of a major power," 23 Mar. 2021 The Wildcats haven’t lost since Youngstown Chaney, which is in the other regional at Barberton, beat them last year for a district title. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Buchtel heads west as St. Vincent-St. Mary remains a heavy favorite: OHSAA Division II regional boys basketball preview," 10 Mar. 2021 Maddie Davis and Jordan Tanner added 10 points apiece for Ursuline (8-16), which advances to a regional against Argyle Liberty Christian at 5 p.m. Saturday at Coppell. Dallas News, "UIL boys, TAPPS basketball playoffs: Kyron Henderson leads Kimball over Highland Park; Ursuline tops Parish Episcopal," 3 Mar. 2021 Mercy’s defense of the Division 1 state championship was upended in a thrilling five-set regional last week vs. Birmingham Marian. Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press, "Farmington Hills Mercy's Julia Bishop, a future Spartan, named Michigan's Miss Volleyball," 16 Nov. 2020 The victory came in the only regional of Bitunjac’s career. Steve Millar,, "Girls cross country notes: Ag Science’s Caitlin Bitunjac was afraid she wouldn’t get to run in the regional. Instead, she went out and won the race.," 5 Nov. 2020 The Pirates, who also beat Jeff 27-20 in a sectional opener last season, advance to a regional against Elkhart (9-0). Michael Osipoff,, "Former QB Paris Hewlett makes two touchdown catches and throws a TD pass to Marcus Hardy as Merrillville rolls to sectional title," 6 Nov. 2020 The city had sought an NCAA women’s volleyball championship and women’s basketball regional, Paul said. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "March Madness in Dallas: American Airlines Center to host NCAA men’s basketball regional in 2024," 14 Oct. 2020 This year’s two-round virtual state competition, an adaptation resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, eliminates both the regionals and the grand finale. cleveland, "Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School advances to Envirothon state finals with round-one victory," 29 May 2020

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First Known Use of regional


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1913, in the meaning defined above

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“Regional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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re·​gion·​al | \ ˈrē-jə-nᵊl How to pronounce regional (audio) \

Kids Definition of regional

: of, relating to, or characteristic of a certain geographic area a regional newspaper


re·​gion·​al | \ ˈrēj-ən-ᵊl, -nəl How to pronounce regional (audio) \

Medical Definition of regional

: of, relating to, or affecting a particular bodily region : localized anesthesia by means of a regional block

Other Words from regional

regionally \ -​ē How to pronounce regional (audio) \ adverb

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