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Definition of "occasional" []

  • Occurring from time to time. See Synonyms at periodic. (adjective)
  • Not habitual; infrequent: took an occasional glass of wine. (adjective)
  • Created for a special occasion: occasional verse. (adjective)
  • Intended for use as the occasion requires: an occasional chair. (adjective)
  • Acting as a cause. (adjective)
  • Taking place from time to time; not frequent or regular (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Of, for, or happening on special occasions (adjective)
  • Serving as an occasion (for something) (adjective)

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Use "occasional" in a sentence
  • "Obviously there's a market for the occasional brick, but that's definitely *occasional*, and probably not a lot of people are going to get their bricks published as their *first* books."
  • "Henrik Jansson reviews Swedish author Pia Hintze's new novel Älskling in Hbl, and although he has some reservations about what he calls the occasional "chattiness" of the style, he points to Hintze's ability to uncover and portray the reality of relationships and new parenthood in a way that's unusual, as it tears away the layers of social convention and secrecy that still surround many of the issues involved."
  • "Sweetie (that's what you call your occasional traveling companion when you know you're stepping outside his comfort zone) - the landlord for that rental next week?"