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[see-zuh-nl] /ˈsi zə nl/
pertaining to, dependent on, or accompanying the seasons of the year or some particular season; periodical:
seasonal work.
a seasonal product, employee, etc.:
to hire seasonals.
Origin of seasonal
1830-40; season + -al1
Related forms
seasonally, adverb
seasonalness, noun
multiseasonal, adjective
nonseasonal, adjective
nonseasonally, adverb
preseasonal, adjective
transseasonal, adjective
Can be confused
seasonable, seasonal (see usage note at the current entry)
Usage note
Seasonal and seasonable are sometimes interchanged, probably because of their obvious connection with season. In edited prose and in formal speech these two adjectives are almost always distinguished. Seasonal describes phenomena that occur with or depend upon a season or the seasons: seasonal fluctuations in rainfall; seasonal sales. Seasonable in reference to weather means “suitable to or characteristic of the season”: a seasonable December; seasonable temperatures for July. Seasonable also has the sense “timely, opportune”: a seasonable offer of financial assistance. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for seasonal
  • We've heard the tired knocks against us, that we're snobs, smugly celebrating our seasonal supremacy.
  • Saguaros crowd the slopes and huge boulders fill the canyon bottom, where a seasonal stream runs.
  • Such oscillatory dynamics are only too familiar to us, for example, in the seasonal fluctuations of influenza cases.
  • Glacial melt and the seasonal rains, the key suppliers of water, are already affected by climate change.
  • Learn to knit while you enjoy live music and several seasonal brews.
  • The temperature-controlled timelessness of movie theatres should argue against seasonal categories.
  • He was in the business of seasonal construction and landscape architecture.
  • One way to liven up a winter salad is with seasonal fruit.
  • During my visit, the city was drenched in seasonal rains, but it bathes year-round in a deep-set shabbiness.
  • We asked all of our employees to get seasonal flu vaccines.
British Dictionary definitions for seasonal


of, relating to, or occurring at a certain season or certain seasons of the year: seasonal labour
Derived Forms
seasonally, adverb
seasonalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for seasonal

"pertaining to the seasons; relating to a season," 1829, from season (n.) + -al (1). Of workers or employment, from 1904. Related: Seasonally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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