[ pruh-sesh-uh-nl ]

  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.

  1. of a style, design, etc., customarily used in processions: processional regalia.

  2. sung or played during a procession, as a hymn, march, etc.

  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.

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

Other words from processional

  • pro·ces·sion·al·ly, adverb
  • non·pro·ces·sion·al, adjective
  • un·pro·ces·sion·al, adjective

Words Nearby processional Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use processional in a sentence

  • They did not leave the chapel in processional order, neither did they throw stones and then run, when they took their departure.

  • And the unceasing processional of strange secret faces wearied the eye and the mind.

    The Wind Bloweth | Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
  • There is even a kind of processional Psalm as the wedding party enters the Chapel.

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson | Charlotte M. Yonge
  • There are nine bays of Sugers processional path, and from them radiate seven apse chapels.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals | Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly

British Dictionary definitions for processional


/ (prəˈsɛʃənəl) /

  1. of, relating to, or suitable for a procession

  1. Christianity

    • a book containing the prayers, hymns, litanies, and liturgy prescribed for processions

    • a hymn, litany, etc, used in a procession

Derived forms of processional

  • processionally, adverb

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