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[ sek-shuh-nl ]
/ ˈsɛk ʃə nl /


pertaining or limited to a particular section; local or regional: sectional politics.
composed of several independent sections: a sectional sofa.
of or relating to a section: a sectional view of the machine.


a sofa composed of several independent sections that can be arranged individually or in various combinations.

Nearby words

section boss, section eight, section gang, section hand, section mark, sectional, sectionalism, sectionalize, sectionally, sector, sectoral

Origin of sectional

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10; section + -al1
Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for multisectional


/ (ˈsɛkʃənəl) /


composed of several sections
of or relating to a section
Derived Formssectionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for multisectional



1806; see section (n.) + -al (1). Noun meaning "piece of furniture composed of sections which can be used separately" is attested by 1961, from sectional seat, sectional sofa, etc. (1949).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper