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. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of invitational

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

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    The Art of Grilled Cheese

    Isabel Wilkinson

    April 22, 2011

Historical Examples of invitational

  • "Just tell them it's a super-private party, invitational only," I said.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow