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Line breaks: oc¦ca|sion¦al
Pronunciation: /əˈkeɪʒ(ə)n(ə)l

Definition of occasional in English:


1Occurring, appearing, or done infrequently and irregularly: the occasional car went by but no taxis
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  • The writing is elegant with only occasional lapses into obscurity.
  • She had never really seen the inside of his room before; only occasional chance glances.
  • Loud snores started to come out of him as occasional hiccups followed.
North American sometime
dated seldom
1.1(Of furniture) made or adapted for use on a particular occasion or for infrequent use: an occasional table
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  • He made occasional furniture pieces such as tables and chairs, as well as picture frames.
  • Described as a desk, dining or occasional chair, it is designed with sufficient strength to support even a very large person.
  • Other items include pieces of occasional furniture that were covered by Monica.
1.2(Of a literary composition, speech, religious service, etc.) produced on or intended for a special occasion: he wrote occasional verse for patrons
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  • Even as late as last month she was still giving the occasional speech and attending functions.
  • He was the only human they trusted enough to honor with their presence and occasional speeches.
  • He made his living in academia and from occasional exploits into literary journalism.
1.3 dated Employed for a particular occasion or on an irregular basis: occasional freelancer seeks full-time position
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  • He employs two steady workers, two occasional employees and has two business partners.
  • Use of the equipment was initially limited to the company's own employees and the occasional journalist.



Pronunciation: /-ˈnalɪti/
Example sentences
  • Today it's been relegated to the status of ‘pastime’ or ‘occasionality’.
  • The who, what, when, where and how of screen culture - its occasionality - must become central to our work.

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