Definitions for occasionaləˈkeɪ ʒə nl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

oc•ca•sion•aləˈkeɪ ʒə nl(adj.)

  1. occurring or appearing at irregular or infrequent intervals:

    an occasional headache.

  2. intended for supplementary use when needed:

    an occasional chair.

    Category: Furniture

  3. pertaining to, arising out of, or intended for the occasion:

    occasional verses.

  4. acting or serving for the occasion or only on particular occasions.

  5. serving as the occasion or incidental cause.

Origin of occasional:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. occasional(a)(adj)

    occurring from time to time

    "took an occasional glass of wine"

  2. episodic, occasional(adj)

    occurring or appearing at usually irregular intervals

    "episodic in his affections"; "occasional headaches"

  3. casual, occasional(adj)

    occurring from time to time

    "casual employment"; "a casual correspondence with a former teacher"; "an occasional worker"

  4. periodic, occasional(adj)

    recurring or reappearing from time to time

    "periodic feelings of anxiety"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. occasional(adjective)əˈkeɪ ʒə nl

    not done or happening often

    She has an occasional cigarette.


  1. occasional(Adjective)

    Occurring or appearing irregularly from time to time.

    He was mostly solitary, but enjoyed the occasional visitor.

  2. occasional(Adjective)

    Not very often.

    He took an occasional glass of wine.

  3. occasional(Adjective)

    Created for a specific occasion.

    Elgar's music was not created to be occasional music for high-school graduations.

  4. occasional(Adjective)

    Intended for use as the occasion requires.

    What your living room needs are some occasional chairs.

  5. occasional(Adjective)

    Acting in the indicated role from time to time.

    He is an occasional contributor to letters to the editor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Occasional(adj)

    of or pertaining to an occasion or to occasions; occuring at times, but not constant, regular, or systematic; made or happening as opportunity requires or admits; casual; incidental; as, occasional remarks, or efforts

  2. Occasional(adj)

    produced by accident; as, the occasional origin of a thing

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'occasional' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3616

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'occasional' in Adjectives Frequency: #491

Translations for occasional

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


happening, done etc now and then

I take an occasional trip to London.

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