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  1. a seasonal product, employee, etc.: to hire seasonals.

Origin of seasonal

First recorded in 1830–40; season + -al1
Related formssea·son·al·ly, adverbsea·son·al·ness, nounmul·ti·sea·son·al, adjectivenon·sea·son·al, adjectivenon·sea·son·al·ly, adverbpre·sea·son·al, adjectivetrans·sea·son·al, adjective
Can be confusedseasonable 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. of, relating to, or occurring at a certain season or certain seasons of the yearseasonal labour
Derived Formsseasonally, adverbseasonalness, 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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