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[see-zuh-nl] /ˈsi zə nl/
pertaining to, dependent on, or accompanying the seasons of the year or some particular season; periodical:
seasonal work.
a seasonal product, employee, etc.:
to hire seasonals.
Origin of seasonal
First recorded in 1830-40; season + -al1
Related forms
seasonally, adverb
seasonalness, noun
multiseasonal, adjective
nonseasonal, adjective
nonseasonally, adverb
preseasonal, adjective
transseasonal, adjective
Can be confused
seasonable, seasonal (see usage note at the current entry)
Usage note
Seasonal and seasonable are sometimes interchanged, probably because of their obvious connection with season. In edited prose and in formal speech these two adjectives are almost always distinguished. Seasonal describes phenomena that occur with or depend upon a season or the seasons: seasonal fluctuations in rainfall; seasonal sales. Seasonable in reference to weather means “suitable to or characteristic of the season”: a seasonable December; seasonable temperatures for July. Seasonable also has the sense “timely, opportune”: a seasonable offer of financial assistance. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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of, relating to, or occurring at a certain season or certain seasons of the year: seasonal labour
Derived Forms
seasonally, adverb
seasonalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for seasonal

"pertaining to the seasons; relating to a season," 1829, from season (n.) + -al (1). Of workers or employment, from 1904. Related: Seasonally.

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