- occurring or appearing at irregular or infrequent intervals; occurring now and then: an occasional headache.
- intended for supplementary use when needed: an occasional chair.
- pertaining to, arising out of, or intended for the occasion: occasional verses.
- acting or serving for the occasion or only on particular occasions.
- serving as the occasion or incidental cause.
Origin of occasional
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Examples from the Web for occasional
By which I mean, there are some Jews and the occasional Hindu or Muslim.In Florida, ’Tis The Season for Satan
December 7, 2014
Contrary to what you may assume about me, I actually enjoy the occasional trip to the mall.It’s Always Black Friday for Clerks
November 28, 2014
Occasional, more traditional efforts have met with success—the Big Apple Circus and lingering smaller acts.We’re All Carnies Now: Why We Can’t Quit the Circus
November 27, 2014
These days they are occasional meteorological irruptions, white river mists, not dense and toxic industrial pea-soupers.Sherlock Holmes Vs. Jack the Ripper
November 16, 2014
And, again, I now confess, I had an occasional Bourbon and stoogie on the cuff.Up to a Point: In Defense of Lobbyists
P. J. O’Rourke
October 25, 2014
What followed Andrew could not hear, except an occasional roar from Rankin.Way of the Lawless
Burlesque of character and calling puts in an occasional appearance.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
Only an occasional languid motion of the lids revealed the life that remained.Within the Law
Only an occasional rasping cough testified to their presence.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
All its gaiety consists in an occasional tree in a courtyard.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- taking place from time to time; not frequent or regular
- of, for, or happening on special occasions
- serving as an occasion (for something)
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Word Origin and History for occasional
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