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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

While there are several defining characteristics of Colonial architecture, there are some regional nuances; a result of the settlers in the area and the available materials at the time. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Here’s Why Colonial-Style Homes Reign Supreme," 2 May 2019 The Gamecocks won the national title in 2017 and advanced to the Final Four in 2015, the last time Greensboro hosted a regional. Joedy Mccreary, The Seattle Times, "Baylor beats South Carolina 93-68, returns to Elite 8," 30 Mar. 2019 Some science fairs are held at your school while others play out on a regional — or even international — platform. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, ""Science Fair" Is the Upcoming Documentary About Kids Using Science to Make the World a Better Place," 27 July 2018 The regional public-private approach would enable cities, the county and businesses and philanthropists to pool resources to build 2,700 supportive housing units countywide. Hillary Davis,, "Council members shuffle the deck in Newport Finance Committee," 29 June 2018 Seattle Times political reporter Jim Brunner covers state, local and regional politics. Jim Brunner, The Seattle Times, "Jay Inslee goes on ‘Fox and Friends’ to release tax returns, challenges Trump to do same," 29 Mar. 2019 That has big implications for companies that acquire smaller local or regional competitors. Theo Francis, WSJ, "WSJ Tax Guide 2019: What Investors Need to Know," 15 Feb. 2019 Nearby areas such as Val Gardena do have regular buses that will be able to drop off and pick up travelers into the pass, the regional government announced. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Driving the Dolomites? You've Got an Hour, Authorities Say," 24 July 2018 Their relationship, which started 24 years ago at a regional meeting for Little People of America, was especially difficult in their first few years together. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Are Amber and Trent From '7 Little Johnstons' Getting Divorced? The Truth Behind Those Rumors," 2 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

College: Maryland senior David Kocher and sophomore Peter Knade will compete in NCAA regionals in the Columbus region at Ohio State's golf course beginning Monday., "Digest (May 12): Baltimore courses hosting celebration," 12 May 2018 Chen, who finished third in regionals last year, made only one bogey over two days. Richard Dean, Houston Chronicle, "Seven Lakes girls hang on to win Region III-6A golf tournament," 25 Apr. 2018 Heimlich went 15-1 with a 2.42 ERA this year for Oregon State, which will play host to Minnesota next weekend in the super regionals of the NCAA playoffs. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Oregon State's Luke Heimlich not selected during MLB draft's first day," 5 June 2018 For the second year in a row, Cal State Fullerton won the Stanford Regional to advance to the NCAA super regionals, college baseball’s equivalent of the Sweet 16. Shotgun Spratling,, "Cal State Fullerton takes a familiar road to super regional through Stanford," 4 June 2018 The Comets swept the Highlanders during the regular season and could be looking at facing Loveland or Lakota East in the regionals. Scott Springer,, "Which Greater Cincinnati baseball teams will continue in the state tournament?," 11 May 2018 Six teams from each of four regionals advance to the NCAA Championships, May 18-23 in Stillwater, Okla. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "College notes: ASU men's tennis, in first season back, joins women as NCAA qualifer," 3 May 2018 Hughes, 50, served last season as a volunteer assistant coach at Georgia, which finished 39-21 after losing to Duke in the NCAA regionals. Deaundra Allen, kansascity, "K-State hires former OU, Virginia Tech coach to lead baseball program," 8 June 2018 Green was a member of the relay team that went to regionals, and participated in the 200 meter dash and long jump. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "15-year-old Arlington student recovering from scary football injury," 30 May 2018

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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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The first known use of regional was in the 15th century

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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 regionally (audio) \ adverb

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