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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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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Slovenia has never been easier to reach, either: connect via London on the new seasonal service operated by British Airways. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in July," 29 May 2019 The New Jersey Business & Industry Association also has concerns about raising the minimum wage for teenagers, and seasonal and farmworkers. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, "New Jersey Assembly Speaker Pushes $15 Minimum Wage Bill," 6 Dec. 2018 Overall the company hopes to hire about 3,500 seasonal customer service associates heading into the holidays to handle tasks such as placing orders, managing returns, and speaking with retail customers. Alexis Jones, Woman's Day, "Williams-Sonoma Is Hiring 3,500 Work-From-Home Positions," 28 Aug. 2018 Windstorms sometimes move the dust, resulting in both seasonal and long-term changes. Joe Rao,, "Mars Makes Its Closest Approach in 15 Years This Summer: How to See It," 29 May 2018 Nearly 20 million Americans, or about 8% of the population, suffer from seasonal allergies, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Pollen Counts: The Numbers Behind Spring Sneezing," 12 Apr. 2019 The work should help revive marshes and leave South Florida better equipped to deal with harsher seasonal shifts and worsening flooding fueled by climate change and increased development. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Could raising a 90-year-old road fix South Florida's water problems?," 18 June 2018 But the scientists hypothesize that seasonal temperature shifts cause methane buried under the planet's surface to seep into the atmosphere through cracks and fissures in the surface (see diagram below). David Freeman /, NBC News, "Mars rover Curiosity's new findings hailed as 'breakthroughs in astrobiology'," 7 June 2018 White and red dominate in the colder months, but the return of warmer weather signals a seasonal shift toward rosé wines, as evidenced by the proliferation of rosé-colored glasses on tables and bars in the city’s top restaurants and cafes. Marnie Old,, "The best rosés at every price point," 30 May 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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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