of or relating to a region of considerable extent; not merely local: a regional meeting of the Boy Scouts.
of or relating to a particular region, district, area, or part, as of a country; sectional; local: regional differences in pronunciation.
Medicine/Medical, Anatomy. pertaining to, affecting, or localized in a particular area or part of the body: regional anesthesia.
having, exhibiting, or characterized by regionalism: He writes regional novels.


Often regionals. a regional competition or tournament: The basketball team won the regionals.
a regional company, branch, stock exchange, etc.: Regionals are getting stiff competition from the national firms.

Origin of regional

From the Latin word regiōnālis, dating back to 1645–55. See region, -al1
Related formsre·gion·al·ly, adverbin·ter·re·gion·al, adjectivein·ter·re·gion·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for regional

provincial, territorial, local, parochial, sectional

Examples from the Web for regional

Contemporary Examples of regional

Historical Examples of regional

  • They sat at all the meetings of National and Provincial and Regional committees.

    Herbert Hoover

    Vernon Kellogg

  • When you took on Hovercraft, you were thinking in terms of a regional dispute.


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • The problem had been viewed as local or regional during the seventies.

    The New Nation

    Frederic L. Paxson

  • A change of method, then, has given us General and Regional Anatomy.

    Medical Essays

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • It was the voice of an educated man with the regional softening of vowels.

    Ride Proud, Rebel!

    Andre Alice Norton

British Dictionary definitions for regional



of, characteristic of, or limited to a regionthe regional dialects of English
Derived Formsregionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for regional

early 15c., from Late Latin regionalis "of or belonging to a region or province," from stem of regio (see region). Related: Regionally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

regional in Medicine




Of or affecting a region of the body.
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