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See synonyms for: seasonalseasonally on

  1. pertaining to, dependent on, or accompanying the seasons of the year or some particular season; periodical: seasonal work.

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

Origin of seasonal

First recorded in 1830–40; season + -al1

confusables note For seasonal

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.

Other words from seasonal

  • sea·son·al·ly, adverb
  • sea·son·al·ness, noun
  • mul·ti·sea·son·al, adjective
  • non·sea·son·al, adjective
  • non·sea·son·al·ly, adverb
  • pre·sea·son·al, adjective
  • trans·sea·son·al, adjective

Words that may be confused with seasonal

  • seasonable, seasonal (see usage note at the current entry)

Words Nearby seasonal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use seasonal in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for seasonal


/ (ˈsiːzənəl) /

  1. of, relating to, or occurring at a certain season or certain seasons of the year: seasonal labour

Derived forms of seasonal

  • seasonally, adverb
  • seasonalness, noun

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