sea·​son·​al ˈsēz-nəl How to pronounce seasonal (audio)
: of, relating to, or varying in occurrence according to the season
seasonal storms
: affected or caused by seasonal need or availability
seasonal industries
seasonality noun
ˈsēz-nə-lē How to pronounce seasonal (audio)

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of seasonal was in 1838

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Cite this Entry

“Seasonal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


sea·​son·​al ˈsēz-nəl How to pronounce seasonal (audio)
: of, relating to, or restricted to a particular season
seasonal industries
-nə-lē How to pronounce seasonal (audio)
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