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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Examples of regional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Hightower senior duo of Destini Lombard and Morgan Strawder earned Region III-5A honors after leading the Hurricanes back to the regional tournament. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend ISD, Lamar Consolidated ISD stars voted TABC all-region," 24 Mar. 2020 It was renovated for the 2014 FIFA World Cup at a cost of more than $500m, and has also hosted the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2007 Pan-American Games, among other concerts and regional football tournaments. Ben Morse, CNN, "Maracana among Brazilian football stadiums converted into hospitals to treat coronavirus patients," 24 Mar. 2020 More than 800 people attended the American Contract Bridge League regional tournament in Tucson from March 2-8. Rob O'dell, azcentral, "Positive coronavirus test reported after Tucson bridge tournament; another player's death under investigation," 18 Mar. 2020 On Monday, a regional manufacturing index, the Empire State manufacturing index, read at its lowest level since 2009—down to negative 21.5 in March (down 34.4 points from the previous month). Anne Sraders, Fortune, "How much will coronavirus hurt the economy? These new estimates are terrifying," 17 Mar. 2020 The March Madness Midwest regional tournament is scheduled to take place at Lucas Oil Stadium from March 26-28. Indystar, Indianapolis Star, "Coronavirus updates: 12 total cases in Indiana, Big Ten basketball tournament canceled," 12 Mar. 2020 Over the weekend, many of the top 7-on-7 football programs on the West Coast competed in the Passing Down Northwest regional tournament at Portland Community College - Rock Creek. oregonlive, "Recruiting: Oregon State Beavers offer 13 prospects from Premium’s 7-on-7 football program," 9 Mar. 2020 The senior scored back-to-back buckets to give La Salle a 48-46 lead, then teamed up with Eddings and Schneider to sink nine free throws in the final 90 seconds to send the Lancers to the regional tournament. Shelby Dermer,, "Devin Taylor's buzzer-beater helps La Salle beat St. Xavier in OT for district title," 9 Mar. 2020 Pandemic warning In Asia, MSCI's regional index excluding Japan shed 2.7 percent. NBC News, "Coronavirus crash wipes $5 trillion off world stocks," 28 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As of now, the regionals — as well as the state gymnastics meet at Ball State — will proceed, but without fans. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Coronavirus threat cancels Big Ten, NCAA tournaments. If we are overreacting, so be it.," 12 Mar. 2020 Was medalist of the Ann Arbor Invitational, and won regionals. Tom Lang, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Free Press Sports Awards: Meet the girls golf nominees," 6 Jan. 2020 This comes after a strong showing at the west regionals, which took place Feb. 10 at the Rocky River Senior Center. John Benson, cleveland, "Brooklyn seniors enjoying 2020 Mind Challenge for the New Majority competition," 26 Feb. 2020 Miller walked into regionals, undefeated, and now eyes the state title. Jamie Yuccas, CBS News, "Female wrestlers competing at historic state championship," 26 Feb. 2020 Waltrip sends 11 to regionals, including district champs Keenan Hooper (160) and Tanutiuh Esquiva, who improved to 32-2 with the 126 title. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Westside boys, Northside girls repeat in wrestling," 13 Feb. 2020 Lampkin scored on two 1-yard keepers and Damon Lewis added a 33-yard field goal as the Padres continued their up-and-down journey by advancing to next weekend’s Northern California regionals. Mitch Stephens,, "Serra tops Valley Christian for CCS Division 1 title," 1 Dec. 2019 But the road to the regionals, and even the sectional finals, isn’t easy in Southern Indiana. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Can Silver Creek defend the Class 3A state title? Plus, a look at the loaded Class 4A," 25 Nov. 2019 No sophomore slump A year ago as a freshman, Alamo Heights’ Lila Foote made a tremendous splash at regionals. Terrence Thomas,, "Storylines to watch heading into UIL 5A, 6A swimming regionals," 30 Jan. 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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31 Mar 2020

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“Regional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for regional


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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