re·gion·al | \ ˈrēj-nəl , 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

Terry Fulp, regional director for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region, said in a recent public meeting on the issue in Tempe, Ariz. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Falling Lake Mead Water Levels Prompt Detente in Arizona Feud," 7 July 2018 As a sophomore in the 2016-17 season, Bryant Brown experienced the highs of a regional championship with Waukegan. Lamond Pope, Lake County News-Sun, "Mission possible: Bryant Brown focused on helping Waukegan bounce back in boys basketball," 5 July 2018 Dewa Mavhinga, regional director for Human Rights Watch, asked at a forum on Zimbabwe in Johannesburg. Christopher Torchia, Fox News, "After Mugabe, how free and fair will Zimbabwe's vote be?," 4 July 2018 Also running is Greg Lopez, a former Parker mayor and regional director for the U.S. Small Business Administration. James Anderson, The Seattle Times, "Democratic candidates in close race for governor nomination," 26 June 2018 Exacerbating the situation was the fact that Bavaria holds regional elections in October. Jefferson Chase, USA TODAY, "German government crisis: Chancellor Angela Merkel gets migrant compromise," 3 July 2018 Such labs can be hard to find and are in high demand, said Shayna Schonauer, the Sacramento regional manager for Metro Cannabis Co. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Is your favorite dispensary out of marijuana? Blame this new state regulation," 2 July 2018 Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, leader of the more conservative Bavarian party in coalition with Merkel, expects a tough challenge in this fall’s regional elections from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD). Ian Bremmer, Time, "At Home and in Europe, Angela Merkel Is in Trouble," 21 June 2018 Its decision has emboldened provincial governors and regents and adds to the importance of regional elections to be held on June 27th. The Economist, "Why Indonesia is so bad at lawmaking," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Indians had won six straight regionals before Crown Point snapped the streak last season. Dave Melton, Post-Tribune, "Destiny rules: Destiny Washington at 'not even 65 percent' but owns hurdles as Lake Central wins regional," 23 May 2018 His personal record is 20.57 at regionals as a junior. David Furones,, "Broward 4A-3A boys track and field athlete of the year: Jamal Walton, Miramar senior," 20 June 2018 Kilkenny was a junior this season for A&M, which lost to Texas and Indiana in the Austin regional of the NCAA Tournament to wrap up its season at 40-22. Houston Chronicle, "Pair of A&M baseball signees taken in MLB draft," 5 June 2018 This is the 31st regionals appearances for the school, which has made 18 trips to the CWS. Kirk Kenney,, "Corvallis Regional capsules, schedule: A glance at Aztecs, LSU, Oregon State and Northwestern State," 31 May 2018 Carson Tuttle scored 23 points the help the Knights beat the Conquerors 41-38 for the first win at either state or regionals. Matt Massey, The Seattle Times, "Kamiak eliminates defending state champs Kentwood for historic win," 24 Feb. 2018 Add Lancaster Paraclete, a Division 1A regional finalist whom Narbonne beat, and this tournament is stacked with teams that made deep playoff runs the year before. Andrew Turner,, "Edison’s Battle at the Beach to showcase wealth of talent," 7 July 2018 The Trojans reached regionals three of the past five seasons. David Furones,, "Taravella hires former Pompano Beach baseball coach Joe Giummule," 26 June 2018 Highlight video for Grant Benzinger put together by KMG KMG/The Enquirer/Scott Springer FAIRBORN - The young man who ran the music while Wright State hosted women's high school softball regionals has grand plans. Scott Springer,, "Moeller, Wright State alumnus Grant Benzinger hopes to play professional basketball abroad," 4 June 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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re·gion·al | \ ˈrē-jə-nᵊl \

Kids Definition of regional

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


re·gion·al | \ ˈrēj-ən-ᵊl, -nəl \

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 \ \ adverb

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