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 Revere met Melrose in the 2019 D4 North final after the Red Raiders outlasted Marblehead, 26-14, in the sectional semifinals., "Who would have won it all? These projected playoff matchups would have made for must-see games," 25 Apr. 2021 Nearly 7,000 participants took part in an anonymous, online, cross-sectional survey of women in 64 countries between May and June 2020. Julie Washington, cleveland, "22 vaccinated people in Kentucky nursing home catch COVID from unvaccinated worker, but most are asymptomatic: Coronavirus update for April 23, 2021," 23 Apr. 2021 Hall is a three-time sectional champion and a three-time MVP of the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference. James Weber, The Enquirer, "Indiana state champion wrestler from East Central signs with Ohio State University," 22 Apr. 2021 Ditching your lumpy sectional in favor of this pretty velvet sofa will give your living room an instant facelift. Ariel Scotti, Forbes, "Here’s Everything To Know About The Huge Wayfair Sale Happening Next Week," 20 Apr. 2021 Cathedral fell in the first round of the sectional to state runner-up Lawrence North. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "2021 is a deep class. Here are some accomplished players who did make Indiana All-Stars.," 20 Apr. 2021 Top of the list: Calumet College of St. Joseph’s bowling team recently was ranked No. 1 in the NAIA for the third time in six seasons, and that won’t be changing following the Intercollegiate Team Championships sectional qualifier Saturday. Dave Melton,, "College notes: Ben Nimz’s late TD pass and Alex Carrillo’s clinching interception in season-ending win point to promising future for rising VU," 19 Apr. 2021 The cup is awarded to the county with the most sectional titles during the season. Emmett Hall,, "Lauderdale Tennis Club celebrates USTA Men’s championship," 15 Apr. 2021 This convertible sectional easily adapts for movie nights, sleepovers, naps, and more. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Convertible Furniture Is the Space-Saving Trend That Will Level-Up Your Home," 13 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That was also the most-recent year HSE defeated Carmel in the sectional. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "Brian Satterfield will move from boys to girls basketball coach at HSE," 15 Apr. 2021 Scottsdale interior designer Heather Kelly was looking for an outdoor sectional that would be comfortable but durable to the Arizona climate. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, "How this Phoenix-based outdoor furniture company got its start during a pandemic," 1 Apr. 2021 Palm centered the sectional, which stretches 10 feet on each side, on a fireplace modernized with granite veneer., "How they brought a 1970s deck house back to its mid-century modern-style glory," 26 Mar. 2021 As the overall best-selling sectional on Amazon, this five-piece outdoor furniture set has won over hundreds of shoppers. Jayla Andrulonis, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Best Patio Furniture to Upgrade Your Outdoor Space This Summer," 16 Mar. 2021 Carley says everyone wanted a comfortable sectional in a durable indoor/outdoor fabric or velvet. Washington Post, "How the pandemic has changed the way we see and use our homes — maybe forever," 11 Mar. 2021 The Huskies, led by senior Gus Etchison (31.2 ppg), last won a sectional in 2015 and will have a difficult first matchup with Yorktown. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "IHSAA basketball Class 3A sectional breakdowns: Matchups, players to watch, predictions," 1 Mar. 2021 From the company that brought you the custom Helix mattress in a box comes Allform, a durable and sustainable modular sofa that can range in size from an armchair to a sprawling sectional. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "Ready for a new sofa? Check out these top couch-in-a-box brands," 26 Feb. 2021 Fishers is 0-4 against its district rival in the sectional. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: The 10-most intriguing early-round IHSAA basketball tournament games," 3 Mar. 2021

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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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28 Apr 2021

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“Sectional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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