noun \ˈsē-zən\

Definition of SEASON

a :  a time characterized by a particular circumstance or feature <in a season of religious awakening — F. A. Christie>
b :  a suitable or natural time or occasion <when my season comes to sit on David's throne — John Milton>
c :  an indefinite period of time :  while <sent home again to her father for a season — Francis Hackett>
a :  a period of the year characterized by or associated with a particular activity or phenomenon <hay fever season>: as (1) :  a period associated with some phase or activity of agriculture (as growth or harvesting) (2) :  a period in which an animal engages in some activity (as migrating or mating); also :  estrus, heat (3) :  the period normally characterized by a particular kind of weather <a long rainy season> (4) :  a period marked by special activity especially in some field <tourist season> <hunting season> (5) :  a period in which a place is most frequented
b :  one of the four quarters into which the year is commonly divided
c :  the time of a major holiday
:  year <a boy of seven seasons>
[Middle English sesoun, from sesounen to season] :  seasoning
:  the schedule of official games played or to be played by a sports team during a playing season <got through the season undefeated>
:  off-season <closed for the season>
in season
:  at the right time
:  at the stage of greatest fitness (as for eating) <peaches are in season>
:  legally available to be hunted or caught
out of season
:  not in season

Examples of SEASON

  1. I enjoy watching the seasons change every year.
  2. These plants have a short growing season.
  3. Deer season starts next week.
  4. Monsoon season is coming soon.
  5. This season's fashions are very feminine.
  6. Pink is in style this season.
  7. The theater company will be putting on plays by Shakespeare this season.
  8. one of the shows in the network's season lineup

Origin of SEASON

Middle English sesoun, from Anglo-French seison natural season, appropriate time, from Latin sation-, satio action of sowing, from serere to sow — more at sow
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Calendar Terms

antedate, estival, gloaming, luster, sesquicentennial

Rhymes with SEASON



: to add salt, pepper, spices, etc., to (something) to give it more flavor

: to make (wood) ready for use by slowly drying it

sea·sonedsea·son·ing \ˈsēz-niŋ, ˈsē-zən-iŋ\

Full Definition of SEASON

transitive verb
a :  to give (food) more flavor or zest by adding seasoning or savory ingredients
b :  to give a distinctive quality to as if by seasoning; especially :  to make more agreeable <advice seasoned with wit>
c archaic :  to qualify by admixture :  temper
a :  to treat (as wood or a skillet) so as to prepare for use
b :  to make fit by experience <a seasoned veteran>
intransitive verb
:  to become seasoned

Examples of SEASON

  1. You must season the firewood.
  2. <the chef seasoned the vegetables as soon as they came out of the oven>

Origin of SEASON

Middle English sesounen, back-formation from sesounde flavored, from Anglo-French seisoné brought to a desired state, from seison
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with SEASON


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

The primary cause of Earth's seasons is the change in the amount of sunlight reaching the surface …—© Merriam-Webster Inc.

Any of four divisions of the year according to consistent annual changes in the weather. In the Northern Hemisphere, winter formally begins on the winter solstice, December 21 or 22; spring on the vernal equinox, March 20 or 21; summer on the summer solstice, June 21 or 22; and fall (autumn) on the autumnal equinox, September 22 or 23. In the Southern Hemisphere, the dates of onset of summer and winter are reversed, as are those of spring and fall.


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