1741, "pertaining to an editor;" see editor + -al (2). Noun meaning "newspaper article by an editor," is from 1830, American English, from the adjective in reference to such writings (1802). Related: Editorially.
1. A Wall Street Journal editorial encapsulated the views of many conservatives.
2. He has said he will fire editorial employees without regard to seniority.
3. In an editorial, The Independent suggests the victory could turn nasty.
4. The chief editorial writer also blames weak leadership for the current crisis.
5. I was promoted to editor and then editorial director.