[ ree-juh-nl ]
/ ˈri dʒə nl /


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.

Nearby words

  1. region of chest,
  2. region of face,
  3. region of head,
  4. region of inferior limb,
  5. region of superior limb,
  6. regional anatomy,
  7. regional anesthesia,
  8. regional enteritis,
  9. regional hypothermia,
  10. regional ileitis

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

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British Dictionary definitions for regional


/ (ˈriːdʒənəl) /


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

Medicine definitions for regional


[ rējə-nəl ]


Of or affecting a region of the body.

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