[ter-i-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-]



(initial capital letter) a member of the British Territorial Army.
a soldier in a territorial army.

Origin of territorial

From the Late Latin word territōriālis, dating back to 1615–25. See territory, -al1
Related formster·ri·to·ri·al·ly, adverbnon·ter·ri·to·ri·al, adjectivenon·ter·ri·to·ri·al·ly, adverbpre·ter·ri·to·ri·al, adjectivequa·si-ter·ri·to·ri·al, adjectivequa·si-ter·ri·to·ri·al·ly, adverbsub·ter·ri·to·ri·al, adjective
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Related Words for territorial

provincial, national, sectional, areal

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British Dictionary definitions for territorial



of or relating to a territory or territories
restricted to or owned by a particular territorythe Indian territorial waters
local or regional
pertaining to a territorial army, providing a reserve of trained men for use in emergency
Derived Formsterritorially, adverb



a member of a territorial army, esp the British Army's Territorial and Volunteer Reserve
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Word Origin and History for territorial

1768, from Late Latin territorialis, from territorium (see territory). In reference to British regiments, from 1881. Territorial army "British home defense" is from 1908. Territorial waters is from 1841; territorial imperative "animal need to claim and defend territory" is from 1966.

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