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  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a procession.
  2. of the nature of a procession; moving in an orderly or regular succession, sequence, or the like.
  3. of a style, design, etc., customarily used in processions: processional regalia.
  4. sung or played during a procession, as a hymn, march, etc.
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  1. a piece of music, as a hymn or slow march, suitable for accompanying a procession.
  2. a book containing hymns, litanies, etc., for use in religious processions.
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Origin of processional

1400–50; (noun) late Middle English: service book < Medieval Latin prōcessiōnāle, noun use of neuter of prōcessiōnālis in a procession; (adj.) < Medieval Latin prōcessiōnālis; see procession, -al2, -al1
Related formspro·ces·sion·al·ly, adverbnon·pro·ces·sion·al, adjectiveun·pro·ces·sion·al, adjective
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  1. of, relating to, or suitable for a procession
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  1. Christianity
    1. a book containing the prayers, hymns, litanies, and liturgy prescribed for processions
    2. a hymn, litany, etc, used in a procession
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Derived Formsprocessionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for processional


"book of hymns for use in processions," mid-15c., from Medieval Latin processionale, from noun use of neuter of processionalis "pertaining to a procession," from Late Latin processio (see procession).

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"pertaining to a procession or processions," 1610s, from procession (n.) + -al (1).

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