[ sek-shuh-nl ]
/ ˈsɛk ʃə nl /


pertaining or limited to a particular section; local or regional: sectional politics.
composed of several independent sections: a sectional sofa.
of or relating to a section: a sectional view of the machine.


a sofa composed of several independent sections that can be arranged individually or in various combinations.

Origin of sectional

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10; section + -al1
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British Dictionary definitions for sectional


/ (ˈsɛkʃənəl) /


composed of several sections
of or relating to a section
Derived Formssectionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for sectional



1806; see section (n.) + -al (1). Noun meaning "piece of furniture composed of sections which can be used separately" is attested by 1961, from sectional seat, sectional sofa, etc. (1949).

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