What does occasional mean?

Definitions for occasional
əˈkeɪ ʒə nloc·ca·sion·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. occasional(a)adjective

    occurring from time to time

    "took an occasional glass of wine"

  2. episodic, occasionaladjective

    occurring or appearing at usually irregular intervals

    "episodic in his affections"; "occasional headaches"

  3. casual, occasionaladjective

    occurring from time to time

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

  4. periodic, occasionaladjective

    recurring or reappearing from time to time

    "periodic feelings of anxiety"

GCIDE

  1. Occasionaladjective

    Of or pertaining to an occasion or to occasions; intended for a specific occasion; for use only when needed, and not regularly.

Wiktionary

  1. occasionaladjective

    Occurring or appearing irregularly from time to time.

    He was mostly solitary, but enjoyed the occasional visitor.

  2. occasionaladjective

    Not very often.

    He took an occasional glass of wine.

  3. occasionaladjective

    Created for a specific occasion.

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

  4. occasionaladjective

    Intended for use as the occasion requires.

    What your living room needs are some occasional chairs.

  5. occasionaladjective

    Acting in the indicated role from time to time.

    He is an occasional contributor to letters to the editor.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Occasionaladjective

    Etymology: occasionel, Fr. from occasion.

    Thus much is sufficient out of scripture, to verify our explication of the deluge, according to the Mosaical history of the flood, and according to many occasional reflections dispersed in other places of scripture concerning it. Burnet.

    The ground or occasional original hereof, was the amazement and sudden silence the unexpected appearance of wolves does often put upon travellers. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Those letters were not writ to all;
    Nor first intended but occasional,
    Their absent sermons. John Dryden, Hind. and Panth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Occasionaladjective

    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. Occasionaladjective

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

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. occasionnel.]

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of occasional in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of occasional in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of occasional in a Sentence

  1. Ogden Nash:

    A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold.

  2. Ken Smith:

    There is no evidence that naturally infected cats can shed virus in sufficient quantity either to infect other cats or people, these occasional instances of human to animal transmission of Covid-19 do not in any way detract from the fact that all current evidence shows that the pandemic is driven by human to human transmission.

  3. Bill Robles:

    The girls would have outbursts. He would have occasional outbursts. They would all do the same thing and copy him. One time they removed him from the courtroom and put him a holding cell, behind a locked door with a little screen, at one point he was agitated and (said) something to the effect of 'Somebody ought to cut your head off, judge' ... And before you knew it, Bingo! He was leaping toward the judge. The bailiff tackled him in midair.

  4. Robert Lacey:

    Harry and William have been doing this job for long enough now that they know that they’ve got to put, if you like, occasional private grievances… aside for the sake of getting on with the job.

  5. Diane Spatz:

    I think we really need to emphasize to that when you are pregnant, you shouldn't be consuming alcohol, when you are breastfeeding, you shouldn't be consuming alcohol. If you want to have an occasional adult beverage, that's OK, but it shouldn't be a regular intake of alcohol.

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