[ in-vi-tey-shuh-nl ]
/ ˌɪn vɪˈteɪ ʃə nl /


restricted to participants who have been invited: an invitational track meet.


an event, as a sports competition or an art exhibit, restricted to those who have been invited to participate.

Origin of invitational

First recorded in 1920–25; invitation + -al1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for invitational

  • According to invitational veteran Alex Brown, of the Hot Knives Kitchen, winning is about keeping it simple.

    The Art of Grilled Cheese|Isabel Wilkinson|April 22, 2011|DAILY BEAST
  • "Just tell them it's a super-private party, invitational only," I said.

    Little Brother|Cory Doctorow