Meaning of occasional in English:

occasional

adjective

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

    ‘the occasional car went by but no taxis’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nine beaches have been closed due to high bacteria levels as well as occasional visits of red tides.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There may be occasional lapses like the one that strikes the reader's eyes.’
    • ‘Among the most striking aspects of the movie are its occasional forays into animation.’
    • ‘He does it with style and flair and the occasional foray into drag.’
    • ‘There is little evidence that occasional light snoring does any harm at all.’
    • ‘What I am saying is that occasional errors are inevitable with a truly free press.’
    • ‘The men were closer, talking amongst themselves with an occasional burst of laughter.’
    • ‘Despite occasional bursts of humor, the prevalent tone throughout the movie is somber.’
    • ‘Beyond fields and woods come occasional glimpses of the lake in dry brilliant sunshine.’
    • ‘Soon she could see nothing in that darkness but the occasional flash of light.’
    • ‘Fischer showed occasional flashes of his old self, but was also clearly rusty.’
    • ‘His vocabulary is simple but effective, though occasional obscurities may be found in his sentences.’
    • ‘Provide at least occasional online access to your top technicians and decision makers.’
    • ‘Neighbors, family members, even occasional bystanders used to separate combatants.’
    • ‘Occasional flashes of lightning danced over the distant peaks of the Cordillera Real.’
    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.’
      • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It covered a great range of moods and themes: love, wine, religion, didactic topics, and occasional verse.’
      • ‘The abcd abcd efg efg rhyming scheme isn't traditional, but it's not bad for 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.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘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

occasional

/əˈkeɪʒ(ə)n(ə)l/