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  1. of or relating to a recession of the clergy and choir after the service.
  2. of or relating to a recess, as of a legislative body.
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  1. a hymn or other piece of music played at the end of a service while the congregation is filing out.
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Origin of recessional

First recorded in 1865–70; recession1 + -al1
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Historical Examples of recessional

  • At last she laid the glasses on my knee and began to recite Kipling's "Recessional."


    George A. Birmingham

  • Kames are commonly associated with terminal and recessional moraines.


    William J. Miller

  • "Recessional" is indeed a majestic and noble poem—a prayer in verse.

  • The Recessional is one of the most popular poems of this century.

  • There is not so much processional as recessional about marriage at present.

British Dictionary definitions for recessional


  1. of or relating to recession
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  1. a hymn sung as the clergy and choir withdraw from the chancel at the conclusion of a church service
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Word Origin and History for recessional


1858, from recession + -al (1). As a noun, "hymn sung while the clergy and choir are leaving church," 1864, with -al (2).

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