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

Adjective a sectional drawing of a ship
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective After winning the state title in 2010, the Tigers also won sectional titles in 2012 and ’17. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "A 2-school district with 2 new coaches. How Fishers, HSE football face challenges, opportunity," 15 May 2020 Hool won the sectional by 67 points, scoring a 460.45. Shelby Dermer,, "Announcing the 2019-20 Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky High School Winter All-Stars," 22 Apr. 2020 Yet North, which like New Trier earned the top seed in its sectional, is on the verge of being great. Matt Le Cren, Naperville Sun, "'Their keeper is awesome': Loyola recruit Maddie Hausmann stands out in Naperville North's loss to New Trier," 28 Apr. 2018 Watch as Hughes and Deer Park boys high school basketball teams advance in sectional finals at Princeton. Shelby Dermer,, "Ohio high school hoops: Bryan Wyant heads to Princeton a proven winner," 21 Apr. 2020 Girls basketball had begun its state tournament, and boys basketball had reached the sectional finals. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Despite Gov. Tony Evers' school decision, the WIAA has not closed the door on the spring sports season," 16 Apr. 2020 In McMahon’s six years, the Gators first reached the sectional final, then the district semifinal, then three consecutive district finals before this year’s trip to the regional tournament after winning the first district title in program history. cleveland, "Laurel dismisses girls basketball coach Tim McMahon after 122-25 record over six years with Gators," 7 Apr. 2020 Providence escapes with a victory against Clarksville In a game that had eight turnovers, Providence came out on top 14-8 to advance to the sectional semifinals to face Eastern Pekin. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie's Grocery Shopping Style Is Ridiculously Chic," 15 Mar. 2020 The boys won the Division I sectional title at Middletown with a score of 232. Melanie Laughman,, "Enquirer names Greater Cincinnati winter high school athletes of the week, March 6," 6 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There were 224 girls wrestlers in state sectionals in 2019 and that number increased to 435 last season. Dana Scott, azcentral, "AIA agrees to make high school girls wrestling a team sport," 27 Apr. 2020 The lack of clarity and support on the development of sectionals is a significant cause for concern., "Pro/con: Two Mass. athletic directors weigh in on the statewide tournament vote," 26 Feb. 2020 AllModern Deals include up to 65% off chairs, bedding, and accent pillows; up to 60% off outdoor seating, sectionals, office chairs, lighting, and much more. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Memorial Day Furniture and Home Decor Sales to Shop in 2020," 6 May 2020 The company's wide array of couches, sofas, sectionals, and recliners are guaranteed to fit any interior design style. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Upgrade your quarantine space with Wayfair's incredible sale," 30 Mar. 2020 The event is scheduled to run March 19-21, with sectionals around the state slated for tonight and Saturday. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Live coronavirus updates: Celtics appear headed home after self-quarantine in Milwaukee," 12 Mar. 2020 When the Dragons' quest to repeat as Class 3A state champions begins March 4 against Charlestown in the sectionals, Jacobi will be called upon even more to contribute. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Silver Creek's quest to repeat as state champs requires unselfish Kooper Jacobi to step up," 26 Feb. 2020 Regina won a regional title and lost in the sectionals to eventual state champ Marshall. Rich Mayor,, "Pioneer Press 2019-20 girls basketball preview: Girls Catholic Athletic Conference," 18 Nov. 2019 On the other side of the sectionals bracket, New Albany will play Bedford North Lawrence, which beat Seymour earlier Tuesday 59-26. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Halfcourt buzzer beater sparks Jeffersonville to victory over Floyd Central in sectionals," 5 Feb. 2020

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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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27 May 2020

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“Sectional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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