sea·​son·​al | \ ˈsēz-nəl How to pronounce seasonal (audio) , 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 How to pronounce seasonality (audio) \ noun
seasonally \ ˈsēz-​nə-​lē How to pronounce seasonally (audio) , 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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Workers for small businesses and seasonal employees will see their minimum wage reach $15 an hour only in 2026. Mike Catalini, The Seattle Times, "New Jersey becomes 4th state to approve $15 hourly wage," 5 Feb. 2019 This long-term data is especially difficult to gather because forest firefighting is a seasonal job for many, Welle explains, and cross-sectional studies require studying the same population over a period of many years. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "The Dangerous Health Risks That Could Follow the California Wildfires," 16 Nov. 2018 The company is offering full-time, part-time and seasonal jobs in housekeeping, transportation, security, food and beverage, and lifeguarding. Maria Clark,, "Looking for a job? Disney World is hiring 3,500 people, offering hiring bonuses up to $3,000," 1 May 2018 His brief seasonal job at NATS Nursery amounted to packing up orders of potted plants, transporting them on a dune buggy and loading them onto an 18-wheeler, Shepherd said. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "From factory job to Division II, Nathan Shepherd has taken winding path to NFL draft," 20 Apr. 2018 There were toasts by family members, and chef Eliza Glaister used ingredients that were all seasonal and sourced from within 50 miles of the venue. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "This Wedding in the Berkshires Turned Into an Exuberant Lawn Party," 9 Jan. 2019 Asteatotic eczema, on the other hand, is more seasonal, and fall and winter are the most common times that people experience eczema flare-ups. Talia Abbas, SELF, "11 Tips for How to Treat Eczema During the Winter," 7 Jan. 2019 One of my personal favorite foods for seasonal eating is the humble sweet potato. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Nutrition Expert Joy Bauer's Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget," 23 Jan. 2019 This Fantastic Fest gem got a wide, seasonal release in the US this year, giving curious film fans everywhere the chance to see just how a zombie-Christmas high school musical works in practice. Sam Machkovech And Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Films for the discerning nerd: Ars picks the best of 2018," 27 Dec. 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 How to pronounce seasonal (audio) \

Kids Definition of seasonal

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

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