- Occasion is a special event or a specific time when something is possible or when something will happen.
An example of an occasion is a birthday.
A little girl celebrates the occasion of her birthday.
occasion definition by Webster's New World
- a favorable time or juncture; opportunity
- a fact, event, or state of affairs that makes something else possible: a chance meeting was the occasion of the renewal of their friendship
- a cause or reason: you have no occasion to be angry
- a happening; occurrence
- the time at which something happens; particular time: on the occasion of our last meeting
- a special time or event, suitable for celebration
- need arising from circumstances
- Obsolete needs; requirements
- Archaic affairs; business
Origin: Middle English occasioun ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin occasio, accidental opportunity, fit time ; from occasus, past participle of occidere, to fall ; from ob- (see ob-) plush cadere, to fall: see case
occasion definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. An event or happening; an incident.b. The time at which an event occurs.
- A significant event.
- A favorable or appropriate time or juncture; an opportunity. See Synonyms at opportunity.
- Something that brings on or precipitates an action, condition, or event, especially the immediate cause. See Synonyms at cause.
- Something that provides a reason or justification; a ground.
- A need created by a particular circumstance: “He must buy what he has little occasion for” (Laurence Sterne).
- A large or important social gathering.
- occasions Archaic Personal requirements or necessities.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin occāsiō, occāsiōn-, from occāsus, past participle of occidere, to fall : ob-, down; see ob- + cadere, to fall; see kad- in Indo-European roots.
occasion - Phrases/Idioms
rise to the occasion
take (the) occasion