open season

noun
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of open season

1 :a period when it is legal to kill or catch game or fish protected at other times by law
2 :a time during which someone or something is the object of sustained attack or criticism

Recent Examples of open season from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'open season.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of open season

circa 1890


OPEN SEASON Defined for English Language Learners

open season

noun

Definition of open season for English Language Learners

  • : a time of year when it is legal to kill certain fish or animals

  • : a time when someone or something is being attacked or criticized by many people


Learn More about open season


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up open season? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to buzz or drone

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!