Meaning of “occasional” in the English Dictionary

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"occasional" in British English

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occasionaladjective

uk /əˈkeɪ.ʒən.əl/ /əˈkeɪʒ.nəl/ us /əˈkeɪ.ʒən.əl/ /əˈkeɪʒ.nəl/

C1 not happening or done often or regularly:

I play the occasional game of tennis.
He has the occasional cigar after dinner.

More examples

  • I'm not averse to the occasional glass of champagne myself.
  • Despite occasional patches of purple prose, the book is mostly clear and incisive.
  • I'm trying to train my boyfriend to do the occasional bit of housework.
  • Despite the occasional longueurs, this is an impressive first novel.
  • He strolled through the fields, potting at the occasional rabbit.

(Definition of “occasional” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"occasional" in American English

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occasionaladjective [ not gradable ]

us /əˈkeɪ·ʒə·nəl/

not happening often or regularly:

occasional snowstorms
His job requires occasional trips to the West Coast.

(Definition of “occasional” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)