Definition of occasional in English:



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

    ‘the occasional car went by but no taxis’
    • ‘She had never really seen the inside of his room before; only occasional chance glances.’
    • ‘There may be occasional lapses like the one that strikes the reader's eyes.’
    • ‘Neighbors, family members, even occasional bystanders used to separate combatants.’
    • ‘What I am saying is that occasional errors are inevitable with a truly free press.’
    • ‘Loud snores started to come out of him as occasional hiccups followed.’
    • ‘The men were closer, talking amongst themselves with an occasional burst of laughter.’
    • ‘Among the most striking aspects of the movie are its occasional forays into animation.’
    • ‘Provide at least occasional online access to your top technicians and decision makers.’
    • ‘There is little evidence that occasional light snoring does any harm at all.’
    • ‘His vocabulary is simple but effective, though occasional obscurities may be found in his sentences.’
    • ‘The writing is elegant with only occasional lapses into obscurity.’
    • ‘Fischer showed occasional flashes of his old self, but was also clearly rusty.’
    • ‘Most people make at least occasional visits to the pub and do so without abusing others.’
    • ‘Soon she could see nothing in that darkness but the occasional flash of light.’
    • ‘Occasional flashes of lightning danced over the distant peaks of the Cordillera Real.’
    • ‘Beyond fields and woods come occasional glimpses of the lake in dry brilliant sunshine.’
    • ‘Despite occasional bursts of humor, the prevalent tone throughout the movie is somber.’
    • ‘Nine beaches have been closed due to high bacteria levels as well as occasional visits of red tides.’
    • ‘He does it with style and flair and the occasional foray into drag.’
    • ‘Everyone else should regard them only as a very occasional treat.’
    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’
      • ‘He made occasional furniture pieces such as tables and chairs, as well as picture frames.’
      • ‘Upstairs, the L-shaped landing is well lit, thanks to a window alcove with room for an occasional chair.’
      • ‘Other items include pieces of occasional furniture that were covered by Monica.’
      • ‘Described as a desk, dining or occasional chair, it is designed with sufficient strength to support even a very large person.’
    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’
      • ‘He was the only human they trusted enough to honor with their presence and occasional speeches.’
      • ‘The abcd abcd efg efg rhyming scheme isn't traditional, but it's not bad for occasional verse.’
      • ‘It covered a great range of moods and themes: love, wine, religion, didactic topics, and occasional verse.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even as late as last month she was still giving the occasional speech and attending functions.’
      • ‘If so, will there be occasional masses where personal prayer is permitted after communion?’
      • ‘He made his living in academia and from occasional exploits into literary journalism.’
    3. 1.3dated Employed for a particular occasion or on an irregular basis:
      ‘occasional freelancer seeks full-time position’
      • ‘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.’