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[ree-juh-nl] /ˈri dʒə nl/
of or relating to a region of considerable extent; not merely local:
a regional meeting of the Boy Scouts.
of or relating to a particular region, district, area, or part, as of a country; sectional; local:
regional differences in pronunciation.
Medicine/Medical, Anatomy. pertaining to, affecting, or localized in a particular area or part of the body:
regional anesthesia.
having, exhibiting, or characterized by regionalism:
He writes regional novels.
Often, regionals. a regional competition or tournament:
The basketball team won the regionals.
a regional company, branch, stock exchange, etc.:
Regionals are getting stiff competition from the national firms.
Origin of regional
From the Latin word regiōnālis, dating back to 1645-55. See region, -al1
Related forms
regionally, adverb
interregional, adjective
interregionally, adverb Unabridged
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  • They sat at all the meetings of National and Provincial and regional committees.

    Herbert Hoover Vernon Kellogg
  • When you took on Hovercraft, you were thinking in terms of a regional dispute.

    Mercenary Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • The problem had been viewed as local or regional during the seventies.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • A change of method, then, has given us General and regional Anatomy.

    Medical Essays Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • It was the voice of an educated man with the regional softening of vowels.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
British Dictionary definitions for regional


of, characteristic of, or limited to a region: the regional dialects of English
Derived Forms
regionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for regional

early 15c., from Late Latin regionalis "of or belonging to a region or province," from stem of regio (see region). Related: Regionally.

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regional in Medicine

regional re·gion·al (rē'jə-nəl)
Of or relating to a region.

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