Definition of occasional in English:

occasional

adjective

  • 1Occurring, appearing, or done infrequently and irregularly.

    ‘the occasional car went by but no taxis’
    • ‘There is little evidence that occasional light snoring does any harm at all.’
    • ‘She had never really seen the inside of his room before; only occasional chance glances.’
    • ‘Nine beaches have been closed due to high bacteria levels as well as occasional visits of red tides.’
    • ‘Soon she could see nothing in that darkness but the occasional flash of light.’
    • ‘His vocabulary is simple but effective, though occasional obscurities may be found in his sentences.’
    • ‘Occasional flashes of lightning danced over the distant peaks of the Cordillera Real.’
    • ‘Among the most striking aspects of the movie are its occasional forays into animation.’
    • ‘The men were closer, talking amongst themselves with an occasional burst of laughter.’
    • ‘Fischer showed occasional flashes of his old self, but was also clearly rusty.’
    • ‘Despite occasional bursts of humor, the prevalent tone throughout the movie is somber.’
    • ‘Neighbors, family members, even occasional bystanders used to separate combatants.’
    • ‘Beyond fields and woods come occasional glimpses of the lake in dry brilliant sunshine.’
    • ‘Everyone else should regard them only as a very occasional treat.’
    • ‘Most people make at least occasional visits to the pub and do so without abusing others.’
    • ‘What I am saying is that occasional errors are inevitable with a truly free press.’
    • ‘There may be occasional lapses like the one that strikes the reader's eyes.’
    • ‘Provide at least occasional online access to your top technicians and decision makers.’
    • ‘The writing is elegant with only occasional lapses into obscurity.’
    • ‘Loud snores started to come out of him as occasional hiccups followed.’
    • ‘He does it with style and flair and the occasional foray into drag.’
    infrequent, intermittent, irregular, periodic, sporadic, odd, random, casual, desultory, incidental, uncommon, episodic, few and far between, fitful, spasmodic, isolated, rare
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    1. 1.1 (of furniture) made or adapted for use on a particular occasion or for infrequent use.
      ‘an occasional table’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Upstairs, the L-shaped landing is well lit, thanks to a window alcove with room for an occasional chair.’
      • ‘He made occasional furniture pieces such as tables and chairs, as well as picture frames.’
    2. 1.2 (of a literary composition, speech, religious service, etc.) produced on or intended for a special occasion.
      ‘he wrote occasional verse for patrons’
      • ‘The abcd abcd efg efg rhyming scheme isn't traditional, but it's not bad for occasional verse.’
      • ‘He made his living in academia and from occasional exploits into literary journalism.’
      • ‘It covered a great range of moods and themes: love, wine, religion, didactic topics, and occasional verse.’
      • ‘Even as late as last month she was still giving the occasional speech and attending functions.’
      • ‘He read voraciously for himself, and began to write occasional verses when he was still at school.’
      • ‘Occasional services are held there, as are occasional concerts.’
      • ‘He was the only human they trusted enough to honor with their presence and occasional speeches.’
      • ‘If so, will there be occasional masses where personal prayer is permitted after communion?’
    3. 1.3dated Employed for a particular occasion or on an irregular basis.
      ‘occasional freelancer seeks full-time position’
      • ‘Use of the equipment was initially limited to the company's own employees and the occasional journalist.’
      • ‘He employs two steady workers, two occasional employees and has two business partners.’

Pronunciation

occasional

/əˈkeɪʒ(ə)n(ə)l/