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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The small plates restaurant serves an always-changing menu featuring seasonal ingredients under global influence—everything from charred octopus with taro chips to Oaxacan hibiscus empanadas. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "Why Milwaukee, Wisconsin Is the Midwest’s Coolest (and Most Underrated) City," 10 July 2018 Crews are rushing to rescue the boys before the cave complex is inundated again by seasonal rains. Peter Holley,, "Elon Musk unveils 'kid-size' submarine for Thai cave rescue," 9 July 2018 In a daring race against time that has drawn worldwide attention, rescue teams have been trying to free the boys as seasonal rains threaten to flood the cave further. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Divers Rescue Four More Boys From Thai Cave, Bringing Total to Eight," 9 July 2018 If weather forecasts are correct, access to the cave could soon close again because of flooding from seasonal monsoon rains. Tassanee Vejpongsa,, "Thai crews aim to rescue kids from cave before rain hits," 7 July 2018 The Carolinas are likely in for a sticky summer of above-normal temperatures but more rain than usual in North Carolina, say seasonal forecasts released Thursday, the first day of summer. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Summer weather: Here's what to expect for the Carolinas' sticky season.," 21 June 2018 The seasonal forecast, made every year in May before the start of the season on June 1, is meant to provide an outlook for the coming season and does not predict how many storms may make landfall. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Forecasters call for more normal, but still active, Atlantic hurricane season," 24 May 2018 The National Hurricane Center—part of the U.S. government’s National Weather Service—is due out with its seasonal forecast on May 24. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "America Is Not Ready for This (Again)," 15 May 2018 The Cape Town date has been mercifully pushed back to late August — and may be averted by seasonal rains. Jamie Gold,, "Making every drop count," 26 Apr. 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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