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.
Recent Examples on the Web Shopping at local farmer’s markets, avoiding packaged food, and choosing seasonal ingredients are just some of the ways Julia aims to demonstrate her brand of sustainable cooking. National Geographic, "Meet Our 2018 Grant Winners!," 10 Sep. 2019 The kitchen here uses organic seasonal ingredients to craft elevated takes on regional Indian street food, including gorgeous gol guppa and bison keema. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "10 awesome Bay Area date night ideas for fall," 9 Sep. 2019 Our most popular recipes are the kind of fare to enjoy with seasonal ingredients and plenty of sunshine. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "These are the 5 recipes our readers loved most this week," 30 Aug. 2019 Many seasonal ingredients are around for a very short window of time; their fleetingness is part of their allure. Los Angeles Times, "Make the best grilled cheese with Korean corn cheese," 3 Aug. 2019 Dishes focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients homegrown in the property's private garden. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Black Travel Vibes: This Luxurious Kenyan Safari Is Anything But Basic," 3 July 2019 What to expect on the new menu Andrade emphasizes Tempe Public Market Cafe takes advantage of seasonal ingredients by rotating some menu items. Samantha Incorvaia, azcentral, "Renovated Tempe Public Market Cafe reopening without co-owner and chef Aaron Chamberlin," 6 June 2019 Each day began on the quiet patio enjoying a made-to-order breakfast cooked in front of us using seasonal ingredients. Anna Deutsch, Harper's BAZAAR, "Just Back From…Oaxaca, Mexico," 22 May 2019 The dinner will recognize the top lifeguard supervisor, firefighter, civilian and seasonal lifeguard of the year. Daily Pilot, "Around Town: BMX competition will wheelie into H.B. Friday," 12 Sep. 2019

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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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How to pronounce seasonal (audio)

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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