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re·​gion·​al ˈrēj-nəl How to pronounce regional (audio)
: affecting a particular region : localized
: of, relating to, characteristic of, or serving a region
a regional high school
: marked by regionalism
regional art


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: 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
The increasing regional influence of Russia and China has heightened the stakes for U.S. diplomats. Claire Parker, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2023 On the other hand, stage 2b NSCLC is considered regional, since lymph nodes are involved. Sanja Jelic, Verywell Health, 22 Sep. 2023 The restaurant will be divided into two parts, where one side will serve regional dishes a la carte and then the other will have a tasting menu. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 22 Sep. 2023 The Fed system employs about 21,000 people across its 12 regional reserve banks. Matt Egan, CNN, 22 Sep. 2023 Many are small regional bands that are not necessarily affiliated with sophisticated, transnational syndicates. Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2023 In August, Brazil hosted a conference aimed at bolstering regional cooperation among Amazon nations. Tarciana Medeiros, Fortune, 20 Sep. 2023 The law permits regional airport authorities to detach from a city without also having to be annexed into another city. Ron Wood, Arkansas Online, 20 Sep. 2023 No regional/national chains on our list, so that excludes worthy wingers like Baumhower’s, Moe’s and (sigh) yes Publix. Matt Wake |, al, 19 Sep. 2023
In recent years, the outlet has also done a better job at chronicling Latin music as a whole, including the recent explosion of Mexican regional. Fidel Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2023 Smithfield made it on the arm of 12-year-old Connor Curtis, who struck out 14, allowed three hits and one earned run to keep New York’s hot-hitting bats quiet for the first time during regionals. Carlos R. Muñoz,, 11 Aug. 2023 Seth Keener led all pitchers in regionals with 13 strikeouts. Mark Heim |, al, 10 June 2023 Sectionals are scheduled for Sept. 15, 16 and 18, followed by regionals on Sept. 23. Brian Haenchen, The Indianapolis Star, 31 July 2023 As results continue to roll in, investors will be watching for signs of how regionals have fared since the crisis in the spring. Gina Heeb, WSJ, 19 July 2023 Curtis, who has become one of the best players at the regionals, was walked twice. Carlos R. Muñoz,, 10 Aug. 2023 Zip 'Em Up plays Georgia Kingz in the first round of the Xavier regional on Friday night at 8 p.m. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, 21 July 2023 Read full article Both regionals begin Saturday in Bristol, Conn. Joe Eachus,, 3 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1913, in the meaning defined above

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

Dictionary Entries Near regional

Cite this Entry

“Regional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


: of, relating to, or characteristic of a region
: affecting a particular region : localized
regional pain

Medical Definition


re·​gion·​al ˈrēj-ən-ᵊl, -nəl How to pronounce regional (audio)
: of, relating to, or affecting a particular bodily region : localized
anesthesia by means of a regional block
regionally adverb
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