sec·​tion·​al | \ˈsek-shnəl, -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

The hit allowed Germantown to survive on a day that was tough for higher seeds in its sectional. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "WIAA baseball: Down to his last strike, Joe Seymour delivers for Germantown," 11 July 2018 Wilcher, who’d finished eighth in the Oxford sectional meet two weeks earlier, managed a sixth-place finish in the state meet. Mark Schmetzer,, "Glory Days: Colerain celebrates 40th anniversary of Ohio's best boys cross country team," 2 July 2018 Two days after the sectional, Pauker will compete with the Glenbrook South team at the ICTM State Math Contest at the University of Illinois. Steve Sadin,, "Glenbrook South gymnast Lucas Pauker keeps busy with multiple state meets," 1 May 2018 The sectional is from Room & Board, the rug is from Restoration Hardware, and the coffee table is from Design Within Reach; the lamp is from West Elm. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "House Tour: This Manhattan Apartment Makes Red, White, And Blue Modern Again," 27 May 2016 Then Nate handed me a cup of coffee and Jeremiah encouraged me to actually sit down, first at the Soane sectional (also from their line), before telling me to make myself at home. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Nate Berkus And Jeremiah Brent's New Faux-Shearling Chairs Are Chicest, Coziest Things Ever," 26 Sep. 2018 If successful in that contest, Newport Harbor would play in the sectional championship at 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Andrew Turner,, "Jordan Spigarelli's speed takes Newport Harbor PONY past Costa Mesa," 6 July 2018 The 6-6, 240-pound Arlington Heights resident also had a walk-off single to beat Warren in the sectional semis. Jon J. Kerr,, "Pioneer Press 2018 All-Area baseball First Team," 21 June 2018 At South Shore, Johnson’s best season was in 2014-15, when the Tars finished 19-13 and advanced to the Class 3A sectional finals. Tony Baranek, Daily Southtown, "Thomas Johnson ready for a second chance as girls basketball coach at Morgan Park," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Cole McGuire added an 83 as Nicolet shot 321 overall, also a score that would have threatened for a state berth in most sectionals. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Overloaded WIAA sectional once again keeps Homestead golf from state meet," 31 May 2018 In the living room of Irene Neuwirth’s house on the Venice Canals in Los Angeles, the custom sectional is covered in a Schumacher floral, and the cocktail table is by Yves Klein. Jenni Konner, ELLE Decor, "Jewelry Designer Irene Neuwirth Takes Us Inside Her Eclectic Los Angeles Home," 13 July 2018 And later this month, we'll be glued to our sectionals watching her next project, Dirty John. Lindsey Benoit O'connell, Redbook, "Connie Britton Shares Her Rules for a Totally Chill Holiday Season," 29 Oct. 2018 The local squad also defeated Viera Gold, 8-5, during sectionals. Alex Kushel,, "West Boynton Little League's youngest all-stars surge into state tournament," 10 July 2018 The sectional crown came with the second-lowest score of any team since sectionals began. Jordan Guskey, Indianapolis Star, "IHSAA boys golf state finals: 5 things to watch," 11 June 2018 The Satellites, tied for No. 9 in the Class A state coaches poll, expected Biggs to be at full strength as sectionals begin this week. Michael Osipoff,, "Pressure drop: South Central's Faith Biggs feeling more relaxed, putting up bigger numbers," 20 May 2018 The Enquirer's Diver of the Year in 2017 won district and sectionals crowns each of the last two seasons. Shelby Dermer,, "Pool of champions: Here are the Greater Cincinnati area's swimming and diving champions," 22 Feb. 2018 In sectionals, West Boynton cruised to a 17-0 victory against Viera Suntree in a mercy-rule four-inning contest. Alex Kushel,, "West Boynton Little League Intermediate 50-70 All-Stars rule state play," 11 July 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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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)

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

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