Word of the Day Archive
Sunday January 9, 2000
constitutional \kon-stih-TOO-shuhn-uhl; -TYOO-\
A walk taken for one's health.
Kerensky was, I imagine, on his usual early morning constitutional.
-- Richard Elman, Namedropping: Mostly Literary Memoirs
"Estha Mon!" he would call out, in his high, piping voice, frayed and fibrous now, like sugarcane stripped of its bark. "Good morning! Your daily constitutional?"
-- Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
A constitutional is so called because it is taken for the benefit of one's constitution.