- a hymn or other piece of music played at the end of a service while the congregation is filing out.
Origin of recessional
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Examples from the Web for recessional
At last she laid the glasses on my knee and began to recite Kipling's "Recessional."Gossamer
George A. Birmingham
Kames are commonly associated with terminal and recessional moraines.Geology
William J. Miller
"Recessional" is indeed a majestic and noble poem—a prayer in verse.
The Recessional is one of the most popular poems of this century.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II
There is not so much processional as recessional about marriage at present.The Women of Tomorrow
- of or relating to recession
- a hymn sung as the clergy and choir withdraw from the chancel at the conclusion of a church service
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Word Origin and History for recessional
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