from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A hymn that accompanies the exit of the clergy and choir after a service.
- n. A recession from a church.
- adj. Of or relating to a recession.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Music played during a church recession.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to recession or withdrawal.
- n. a hymn or other piece of music sung or played while a church congregation is leaving a service, or a choir is returning to the cloak room; a recessional hymn.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or connected with recession, or a receding movement, as that of the choir or congregation at the close of a service: as, a recessional hymn.
- n. A hymn sung while the clergy and choir are leaving a church at the end of a service of public worship.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the withdrawal of the clergy and choir from the chancel to the vestry at the end of a church service
- adj. of or relating to receding
- n. a hymn that is sung at the end of a service as the clergy and choir withdraw
recession + -al (Wiktionary)