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recessional

[ri-sesh-uh-nl] /rɪˈsɛʃ ə nl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a recession of the clergy and choir after the service.
2.
of or relating to a recess, as of a legislative body.
noun
3.
a hymn or other piece of music played at the end of a service while the congregation is filing out.
Origin of recessional
1865-1870
1865-70; recession1 + -al1
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recessional

/rɪˈsɛʃənəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to recession
noun
2.
a hymn sung as the clergy and choir withdraw from the chancel at the conclusion of a church service
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Word Origin and History for recessional
adj.

1858, from recession + -al (1). As a noun, "hymn sung while the clergy and choir are leaving church," 1864, with -al (2).

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