Definition of seasonal in English:



  • 1Relating to or characteristic of a particular season of the year.

    ‘a selection of seasonal fresh fruit’
    • ‘It was fresh and refreshing and seasonal and captured the mood of the day perfectly.’
    • ‘Canning originated from the glut at the end of each season, as asparagus is a very seasonal vegetable.’
    • ‘It's something of a regular event in my seasonal calendar, and usually the only carol service I attend.’
    • ‘Allergens such as grass and tree pollens cause seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever).’
    • ‘Better still, take advantage of special offers on fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables instead.’
    • ‘Perennials like geraniums are the seasonal stars of gardens all around the country at the moment.’
    • ‘I absolutely promise my readers I will not blog about seasonal citrus fruit.’
    • ‘Psychologists look for such disorders and problems as seasonal affective disorder, aggressive behavior, alcohol abuse and depression.’
    • ‘Fresh seasonal food, simply yet lovingly prepared, is all that matters.’
    • ‘And just remember that everything on the Swan coastal plain is so highly seasonal.’
    • ‘We shall be looking to rediscover that seasonal, characteristic resolution.’
    • ‘Cooked leafy greens, plenty of fresh seasonal vegetables and lots of sweet juicy fruits are excellent for the skin.’
    • ‘Once again I feel that seasonal cheer creeping up on me.’
    • ‘Weeks go by and gradually we need to adapt our way of cooking according to the seasonal weather.’
    • ‘Water firms have so far declined to impose hose pipe bans despite rainfall being well below its seasonal average.’
    • ‘You get the freshest, seasonal organic produce and you're supporting local farmers.’
    • ‘He promised father Christmas will be on the float, on time, for the rest of the seasonal period.’
    • ‘The supply of fresh British seasonal food is at its peak in September.’
    • ‘Produce ranges from seasonal fruit and veg to venison and wild boar.’
    • ‘India needs better facilities to store food grain and process and preserve seasonal fruits.’
    repeated, recurring, repetitive, reiterative, periodic, happening at intervals, cyclical, cyclic, seasonal, perennial, regular, habitual, chronic, continual, frequent
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    1. 1.1Fluctuating or restricted according to the season or time of year.
      ‘there are companies whose markets are seasonal’
      ‘seasonal rainfall’
      • ‘Enso should not be used as a shortcut to a long term seasonal rainfall forecast.’
      • ‘Scientists discovered that seasonal changes in the polar cap sizes are major drivers of the atmospheric circulation.’
      • ‘And it continues to expect a seasonal uptick in the traditionally stronger second half of the year.’
      • ‘An important consequence of this tendency of the tropical atmosphere is that seasonal rainfall may be forecast several months ahead.’
      • ‘Clear seasonal variations exist in admission to hospital for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.’
      • ‘The formation of low and high vessel density wood coincided with the seasonal rainfall distribution.’
      • ‘The findings further help conservationists to understand how nature is responding to the new seasonal changes.’
      • ‘Rainfall was negatively correlated with the seasonal increase of mannitol content in ash.’
      • ‘The business was highly seasonal, and centred largely on the September to December period.’
      • ‘The climate is highly seasonal, with a well-defined dry season from late November to mid-May.’
      • ‘Semi-arid areas are especially at risk because of seasonal or periodic drought.’
      • ‘Sri Lanka has an equatorial climate, with little seasonal temperature variation.’
      • ‘These five elements are not static, but fluctuate as they are affected by seasonal changes.’
      • ‘There was no seasonal variation to his symptoms, and allergy testing was negative.’
      • ‘Now it is falling hard in April, just as seasonal patterns suggested it would.’
      • ‘To test this hypothesis could throw useful light on seasonal regulation of northern insects.’
      • ‘They help reduce labour costs and provide needed flexibility when there are seasonal fluctuations.’
      • ‘The experiment was explicitly designed to capture the natural seasonal changes in population densities of the gerbils.’


People sometimes confuse the words seasonal and seasonable. Seasonal means ‘relating to a particular season’ (seasonal fresh fruit) or ‘fluctuating or restricted according to the season’ (there are companies whose markets are seasonal), while seasonable is a rarer word which means ‘usual for or appropriate to a particular season’ (in December the magazine carried cartoons and songs, including a seasonable Christmas carol)