See more synonyms for regional on
  1. of or relating to a region of considerable extent; not merely local: a regional meeting of the Boy Scouts.
  2. of or relating to a particular region, district, area, or part, as of a country; sectional; local: regional differences in pronunciation.
  3. Medicine/Medical, Anatomy. pertaining to, affecting, or localized in a particular area or part of the body: regional anesthesia.
  4. having, exhibiting, or characterized by regionalism: He writes regional novels.
  1. Often regionals. a regional competition or tournament: The basketball team won the regionals.
  2. 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. 2018

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


  1. of, characteristic of, or limited to a regionthe regional dialects of English
Derived Formsregionally, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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


  1. Of or affecting a region of the body.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.