Definition of occasional
1a : of or relating to a particular occasion a budget able to meet occasional demands as well as regular onesb : created for a particular occasion occasional verse occasional music
2 : acting as the occasion or contributing cause of something occasional causes for creating apparent effects
3 : encountered, occurring, appearing, or taken at irregular or infrequent intervals occasional visitors an occasional vacation found occasional errors occasional episodes of chest pain
4 : acting in a specified capacity from time to time an occasional lecturer an occasional essayist
5 : designed or constructed to be used as the occasion demands occasional furniture
Examples of occasional in a Sentence
She receives occasional phone calls from her mother.
There will be occasional showers during the morning.
Most mornings, we'll see deer or the occasional bear walking past our house.
He tells an occasional joke to keep his students interested.
I need to take occasional breaks from work.
Sure, I drink an occasional glass of wine from time to time.
She's an occasional lecturer at the university.
Recent Examples of occasional from the Web
A revolving cast of characters pays an occasional visit, but the creatures below are almost all permanent residents of this most unusual home.
Lundquist retired from CBS football broadcasts after the 2016 season but still does occasional TV work, including some 2017 March Madness basketball.
The occasional sound of distant cannons notwithstanding, this hothouse of desire doesn't seem to exist in the real world.
But even with my newfound resolve and dedication, the occasional latte might still find its way into my life—
Despite the upbeat vibe created by the videos, the Sun still have played occasional clunkers, like Sunday's 96-82 loss during which five Dallas players scored in double figures.
The students are also exposed to guest speakers, many of whom are Orange Bowl Committee members, and occasional field trips for behind-the-scenes tours of locations such as the Southern District Court of Florida.
Rounding out the Styx lineup are Lawrence Gowan (vocals and keyboards), Tommy Shaw (vocals and guitars), Todd Sucherman (drums) and Ricky Phillips (bass) along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo.
He's made several appearances in high profile feuds with other members of the beauty blogging community, and is known to take on the occasional rant now and then.
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First Known Use of occasional
OCCASIONAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of occasional for English Language Learners
: happening or done sometimes but not often : not happening or done in a regular or frequent way
: sometimes doing a particular job or activity
OCCASIONAL Defined for Kids
Definition of occasional for Students
: happening or met with now and then They went to an occasional movie.
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