sea·​son·​al | \ˈsēz-nəl, ˈsē-zᵊn-əl\

Definition of seasonal 

1 : of, relating to, or varying in occurrence according to the season seasonal storms

2 : affected or caused by seasonal need or availability seasonal industries

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Other Words from seasonal

seasonality \ˌsē-​zə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē \ noun
seasonally \ˈsēz-​nə-​lē, ˈsē-​zᵊn-​ə-​lē \ adverb

Examples of seasonal in a Sentence

The rise in gas prices is seasonal. The store hires seasonal workers during the holidays.

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That's because a lot of soup recipes rely on simple, low-cost pantry staples—like canned beans—and seasonal vegetables that taste great for reasonable prices. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "14 Soups You Can Make for Less Than $2 Per Serving," 27 Nov. 2018 While tea towels with illustrations of seasonal vegetables launched her business, her line has expanded to 50 different products, from mugs and trays to aprons and totes. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Is The Designer Behind Those Popular Hand-Illustrated Tea Towels," 23 Aug. 2018 The menu will feature BBQ chicken halves, homemade baked beans, pasta salad, fresh seasonal vegetables, blueberry bread and fresh blueberry crisp. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 10 July 2018 DiMinno, who spent time at New York destination Blue Hill at Stone Barns before moving to Portland, will continue Meyer's work with seasonal vegetables while looking to incorporate more of Trifecta's bread into his dishes. Michael Russell,, "One of Portland's best restaurants announces major chef change," 7 June 2018 Pasta is a great vehicle for seasonal vegetables: peas and asparagus now, eggplant and peppers in summer, hearty greens in fall. Domenica Marchetti, charlotteobserver, "These are 4 of the easiest weeknight pastas you’ll ever find | Charlotte Observer," 22 May 2018 Leña by Michael Beltran 1/2 wood grilled green circle chicken, salsa verde, seasonal vegetables. Carlos Frías, miamiherald, "Time Out Market's latest additions are a who's who of Miami's chefs. Take a look. | Miami Herald," 21 May 2018 Pearl On the River 1379 Garden Highway What's new: Fish'n’ chips, but more important is the bounty of seasonal vegetables and fruits chef-owner Anthony Smith is anticipating for dishes such as petrale sole over rainbow chard. Allen Pierleoni, sacbee, "Where to go for fun and food along Sacramento's Garden Highway," 18 May 2018 No stocking is fully stuffed without face products (my new seasonal motto), and naturally, Kylie Cosmetics' holiday collection includes a few of those too. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Just Revealed Her Entire 2018 Holiday Makeup Collection on Instagram," 14 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of seasonal

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Financial Definition of seasonality

What It Is

Seasonality is a fluctuation in sales or profits during the course of a fiscal year.

How It Works

For example, the restaurant industry is somewhat seasonal. Sales for many companies are stronger in summer and fall (the second and third quarter) and are lower in the winter and early spring (the fourth and first quarter). Much of this is attributable to New Year's resolutions to diet, spend less or cook more; the April 15 annual tax deadline also makes consumers more money-conscious. Accordingly, the sales of restaurant companies go up and down throughout the year but in a somewhat predictable pattern.

Why It Matters

Seasonality is a major reason that an investor or analyst can't just make an annual sales projection and then expect the company to meet 1/12 of that sales or profit projection every month. Some months will be higher, some months will be lower. Knowing how much higher or lower those sales should be month to month will make for more accurate seasonal projections.

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English Language Learners Definition of seasonal

: happening or needed during a particular time of the year

: normal for a certain time of year


sea·​son·​al | \ˈsē-zᵊn-əl \

Kids Definition of seasonal

: happening, available, or used at a certain season seasonal foods a seasonal residence

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