English Online Dictionary. What means occasion? What does occasion mean?
Borrowed from Middle French occasion, from Old French occasiun, from Latin occasiōnem, noun of action from perfect passive participle occasus, from verb occido, from prefix ob- (“down", "away”) + verb cado (“fall”).
- IPA(key): /əˈkeɪʒən/
- Rhymes: -eɪʒən
- Hyphenation: oc‧ca‧sion
occasion (countable and uncountable, plural occasions)
- A favorable opportunity; a convenient or timely chance. [from 14th c.]
- The time when something happens.
- An occurrence or state of affairs which causes some event or reaction; a motive or reason. [from 14th c.]
- Something which causes something else; a cause. [from 14th c.]
- (obsolete) An occurrence or incident. [14th–18th c.]
- A particular happening; an instance or time when something occurred. [from 15th c.]
- Need; requirement, necessity. [from 16th c.]
- A special event or function. [from 19th c.]
- A reason or excuse; a motive; a persuasion.
- on occasion
- rise to the occasion
occasion (third-person singular simple present occasions, present participle occasioning, simple past and past participle occasioned)
- (transitive) To cause; to produce; to induce
Borrowed from Latin occāsiōnem (accusative of occāsiō). Compare the inherited Old French ochoison, achaison (the latter being influenced by Latin accūsātiō).
- IPA(key): /ɔ.ka.zjɔ̃/
occasion f (plural occasions)
- occasion, opportunity
- bargain, good deal
- secondhand or used item
- “occasion”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.