[ ter-i-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr- ]
/ ˌtɛr ɪˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr- /



(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

OTHER WORDS FROM territorial

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British Dictionary definitions for territorial (1 of 2)

/ (ˌtɛrɪˈtɔːrɪəl) /


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 forms of territorial

territorially, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for territorial (2 of 2)

/ (ˌtɛrɪˈtɔːrɪəl) /


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