sec·​tion·​al | \ ˈsek-shnəl How to pronounce sectional (audio) , -shə-nᵊl\

Definition of sectional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of or relating to a section
b : local or regional rather than general in character sectional interests
2 : consisting of or divided into sections sectional furniture



Definition of sectional (Entry 2 of 2)

: a piece of furniture made up of modular units capable of use separately or in various combinations

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Other Words from sectional


sectionally adverb

Examples of sectional in a Sentence


a sectional drawing of a ship

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Division 3 State Medway 5, Bishop Fenwick 1 — Days after the Mustangs (17-6) took home the program’s first sectional title, seniors Justin Pratt and Eli Joyce-Vorce dazzled on the mound. Matt Doherty,, "Taunton, Medway, and Manchester Essex reach state baseball title games," 19 June 2019 June 3: Qualify for the U.S. Open at a sectional in Columbus, Ohio. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "Stanford’s Brandon Wu makes U.S. Open charge," 15 June 2019 Grayslake Central won the sectional title two days later, defeating Crystal Lake South. Lamond Pope, Lake County News-Sun, "As Moe goes: Grayslake Central's Coby Moe named the 2019 News-Sun Baseball Player of the Year," 14 June 2019 Eric Dietrich won the sectional at Wine Valley Country Club with an 11-under 133., "Oregon State sophomore Spencer Tibbits qualifies for U.S. Open at Pebble Beach," 3 June 2019 Craig Winter, the senior director at USGA, told reporter Andy Kostka that this specific rule had never been broken before at the Woodmont sectional. Matt Mcnulty,, "Teen Claims He Was Disqualified from U.S. Open Sectional Because He Went the Bathroom After Round," 7 June 2019 Hayden Shieh of Fremont, who graduated from Santa Clara last year, shot 67-65 at the sectional in Newport Beach. Ron Kroichick,, "Stanford alum Joseph Bramlett finds his way to Pebble Beach for U.S. Open," 3 June 2019 Carefully selected furnishings balance out the super-high ceilings: In the family room, a massive sectional anchors the main space, while in the living room, Bean created two separate seating areas with back-to-back sofas. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "This 10,000-Square-Foot Tulsa Home Takes Family-Friendly to a New Level," 23 May 2019 Next to the rock wall, the sofa is a sectional that can be disassembled so that the kids can jump on it and use it as a landing pad—every kid’s dream! Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "Now You'll Understand Why Every House Needs a Rock-Climbing Wall," 17 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Team Berzerk went to the regionals in St. Paul in December, then moved to sectionals (also in St. Paul) in January. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "North Oaks eighth graders’ project could help astronauts do laundry in space," 3 June 2019 Tibbits landed in the Walla Walla sectional by claiming medalist honors at a local U.S. Open qualifier in Bremerton in May. Local qualifying started with 8,602 players worldwide., "Oregon State sophomore Spencer Tibbits qualifies for U.S. Open at Pebble Beach," 3 June 2019 There were sectionals at 10 sites, including one in England and another in Canada. Ron Kroichick,, "Stanford alum Joseph Bramlett finds his way to Pebble Beach for U.S. Open," 3 June 2019 More: Ashley Prange leading high-powered Dragons into sectionals On the mound, Kaylea Bullock and Mackenzie Jones have pitched a bulk of the innings. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "5 things to watch in IHSAA softball state tournament," 20 May 2018 Despite his strong showing at state in 2017 and a 36-11 record this season, Bevilacqua went into sectionals in the 113-pound weight class. Andrew Gruman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Muskego sends Bevilacqua, Sinda, Larsen to state wrestling meet," 18 Feb. 2018 Grudzinski entered sectionals ranked eighth at 145. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Memories from 2017 finish drive North Shore wrestlers as Homestead, Whitefish Bay, Nicolet, Port, Grafton and Cedarburg earn state berths," 17 Feb. 2018 That definitely motivated me to try to win either sectionals or states. Owen Pence,, "Emily Nash was the best golfer again, and this time she even got a trophy," 14 June 2018 Homestead shot 304, a score that would have qualified for state in every other sectional across the state. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Overloaded WIAA sectional once again keeps Homestead golf from state meet," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of sectional


1806, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1901, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sectional was in 1806

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English Language Learners Definition of sectional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: showing how something would look if it were cut from the top to the bottom
: concerned only with one part of a group or community
: made up of sections that can be put together or taken apart easily



English Language Learners Definition of sectional (Entry 2 of 2)

US : a type of long seat (called a sofa) that has three or more separate sections

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to take the place or position of

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