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

Other Words from seasonal

seasonality \ ˌsē-​zə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē How to pronounce seasonal (audio) \ noun
seasonally \ ˈsēz-​nə-​lē How to pronounce seasonal (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 And that’s starting to look a lot like what happened when pandemic flu transitioned to seasonal flu. Megan Molteni, STAT, 4 May 2022 In March, a Japanese study found that Omicron was at least 40% more lethal than seasonal flu. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 3 May 2022 Known for its seasonal, seafood-centric menu, Hazel's Eastern shore dishes highlighting blue crab recently returned. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 10 Apr. 2022 Gates takes cues from the cuisine of West Texas and Europe with her elevated seasonal menu, which includes everything from elk osso buco, to venison meatballs, to cast-iron trout. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 23 Mar. 2022 Its onsite restaurant Moon Rabbit is also offering a seasonal menu highlighting Sakura masu, or cherry blossom trout. Kaeli Conforti, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2022 An onboard restaurant offers a seasonal seafood menu, and package cruise deals can be booked. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2022 And some people tire of the isolation, which deepened during the first two years of the pandemic when the city government banned all but essential workers, such as the more than 160 seasonal workers who staff the crab plant, from coming to St. Paul. Anchorage Daily News, 10 Apr. 2022 The university, under the direction of meteorologist William Gray, was the first group to predict seasonal hurricane activity in the mid-1980s. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of seasonal

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 May 2022

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“Seasonal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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