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 Existing carbon markets like the ETS, or the regional greenhouse-gas initiative in the north-eastern states of America, tend towards homogeneity. The Economist, "Fighting climate change The world urgently needs to expand its use of carbon prices," 23 May 2020 Two regional Islamic State (ISIS) leaders were killed earlier this week during a joint operation between Syrian and coalition forces in northeast Syria, coalition forces said Friday. Fox News, "2 ISIS 'regional' leaders killed during raid in Syria: coalition," 23 May 2020 All 56 regional Veterans Administration offices are closed to encourage social distancing. Jamie Rowen, The Conversation, "Memorial Day: Why veterans are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic," 22 May 2020 Though much of the world has come to a standstill as a result of the pandemic, China’s regional ambitions and grudge settling clearly have not. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, "China Uses the Pandemic to Take Hong Kong's Autonomy," 22 May 2020 Governors, who have clamored for cooperation, have formed some regional collaborations. Howard Koh, STAT, "We need one response — not 50 — to fight Covid-19," 22 May 2020 Those patients are showing up in regional hospitals, some of which are now on the brink of being overrun. Kyle Whitmire, al, "Alabama’s Black Belt is in trouble, again," 22 May 2020 Reports of belated cooperation to counter the pandemic and regional divisions in tackling the economic fallout have dominated the narrative. Benjamin Haddad, Washington Post, "Macron’s mission: Rescue France and unite Europe," 22 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Marion was 93-15 in his four-year career, winning four regionals and advancing to the final four twice. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Build-A-Team: Putting together the best Marion basketball team," 15 Apr. 2020 The top four seeds in each of four regionals are guaranteed first- and second-round home games. oregonlive, "Despite early Pac-12 tournament exit, Oregon State believes it has the resume for a top-4 seed in NCAA women’s tournament," 7 Mar. 2020 Only two teams can advance to regionals from area play. 2. Dennis Victory, al, "10 notable details about AHSAA softball reclassification for 2021," 9 May 2020 The Clippers made deep tournament runs into regionals in 1994, ’97 and 2010 under Szalay. Matt Goul, cleveland, "John Szalay retiring as Clearview boys basketball coach after 29 seasons," 4 May 2020 There are four regionals, with 32 people in each regional, seeded from No. Los Angeles Times, "Gretzky vs. Ashe? Rafer vs. Billie Jean? Vote in third round of Biggest L.A. Sports Icon tournament," 23 Apr. 2020 Along the way, the show takes shots at Glee's clichés, constant talk of regionals, ridiculous mash-ups, and so much more. Christian Holub,, "The 15 best episodes of Community," 3 Apr. 2020 Madison reached the regionals finals before losing to Kokomo by two points. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Build-A-Team: Putting together the best Madison Heights basketball team," 9 Apr. 2020 This should be the weekend for the girls basketball state semifinals and finals at Michigan State’s Breslin Center, with the boys having completed their regionals earlier in the week. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "High school sports director prepares for 'what ifs' on coronavirus-wrecked calendar," 19 Mar. 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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Cite this Entry

“Regional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 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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