seasonal

adjective sea·son·al \ ˈsēz-nəl , ˈsē-zᵊn-əl \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

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

seasonality

play \ˌsē-zə-ˈna-lə-tē\ noun

seasonally

play \ˈsēz-nə-lē, ˈsē-zᵊn-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of seasonal in a Sentence

  1. The rise in gas prices is seasonal.

  2. The store hires seasonal workers during the holidays.

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First Known Use of seasonal

1838


Financial Definition of SEASONAL

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.


SEASONAL Defined for English Language Learners

seasonal

adjective

Definition of seasonal for English Language Learners

  • : happening or needed during a particular time of the year

  • : normal for a certain time of year


SEASONAL Defined for Kids

seasonal

adjective sea·son·al \ ˈsē-zᵊn-əl \

Definition of seasonal for Students

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

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