[ ri-sesh-uh-nl ]

  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.

  1. a hymn or other piece of music played at the end of a service while the congregation is filing out.

Origin of recessional

First recorded in 1865–70; recession1 + -al1

Words Nearby recessional Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use recessional in a sentence

  • The very next year The recessional stirred the religious consciousness of the whole English-speaking race.

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  • A backward glance now and then showed that she was not watching the recessional as closely as she was listening to him.

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  • In the meantime, the recessional frenzy extended all over the State, and every bank was obliged to close its doors.

  • Both literatures have the sanctuary hymn, and the processional and the recessional hymn.

  • Surely nothing could be more appropriate for Americans to sing at the present time than the recessional.

British Dictionary definitions for recessional


/ (rɪˈsɛʃənəl) /

  1. of or relating to recession

  1. a hymn sung as the clergy and choir withdraw from the chancel at the conclusion of a church service

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