sea·​son | \ ˈsē-zᵊn How to pronounce season (audio) \

Definition of season

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
2a : a period of the year characterized by or associated with a particular activity or phenomenon hay fever season : such as
(1) : a period associated with some phase or activity of agriculture (such as growth or harvesting)
(2) : a period in which an animal engages in some activity (such 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
d : a period of time when a series of new television shows, plays, etc., are being shown or performed a show entering its second season the first/best episode of the season the season's final performance
3 : year a boy of seven seasons
4 [Middle English sesoun, from sesounen to season] : seasoning
5 : the schedule of official games played or to be played by a sports team during a playing season got through the season undefeated
6 : off-season closed for the season
in season
1 : at the right time
2 : at the stage of greatest fitness (as for eating) peaches are in season
3 : legally available to be hunted or caught
out of season
: not in season


seasoned; seasoning\ ˈsēz-​niŋ How to pronounce season (audio) , ˈsē-​zᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of season (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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
2a : to treat (something, such as wood or a skillet) so as to prepare for use
b : to make fit by experience a seasoned veteran

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of season in a Sentence

Noun I enjoy watching the seasons change every year. These plants have a short growing season. Deer season starts next week. Monsoon season is coming soon. This season's fashions are very feminine. Pink is in style this season. The theater company will be putting on plays by Shakespeare this season. one of the shows in the network's season lineup Verb You must season the firewood. the chef seasoned the vegetables as soon as they came out of the oven
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After his playing days were done in college, Caserio was a graduate assistant for two seasons at Saginaw Valley State and one season at Central Michigan before latching on with the Patriots as a personnel assistant in 2001. Matt Young, Chron, "Everything you need to know about Texans' GM Nick Caserio," 7 Jan. 2021 The Roadrunners rank No. 303 nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency, worse than any season since Henson took over before the 2016-17 campaign. Greg Luca,, "High-scoring duo battling early slump as UTSA seeks return to form against North Texas," 7 Jan. 2021 Celebrate his contributions to the Rams’ season-extending 18-7 victory over Arizona over the weekend. Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Quarterback controversy? Please. Rams have only one real hope of beating the Seahawks," 6 Jan. 2021 The annus horribilis brought the coronavirus pandemic, a tumultuous presidential election season and coverage of the deaths of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Kobe Bryant and Alex Trebek. Usa Today Staff, USA TODAY, "TV in 2021: What we're predicting (and anticipating) as the new year begins," 6 Jan. 2021 The next episode of This Is Us season 5 on January 12 will focus on Laurel's backstory. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Season 5 Solved the Mystery of Randall's Mom — And Fans Are Utterly Devastated," 6 Jan. 2021 The sophomore had broken out of an early-season slump and scored 16.6 point in the three-game winning streak including a season-high 24 against Ole Miss. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Alabama routs Florida on historic night in Tuscaloosa," 6 Jan. 2021 As fans already know, season 5 of Riverdale will start off with two episodes that were meant for the show's fourth season until it was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""Riverdale" Season 5 to Include a "Katy Keene" Crossover," 6 Jan. 2021 Mayfield tied a franchise record with five touchdown passes, including a 24-yard strike to Donovan Peoples-Jones with 11 seconds left to give the Browns a season sweep of Cincinnati. Joe Noga, cleveland, "Here’s how the Cleveland Browns reached the 2021 NFL Playoffs: Their journey week by week," 6 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And there is something about an open flame and the memory of sunset in the marsh that will season any grub. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "Eat Like a King," 1 Jan. 2021 Add the chicken pieces, season them with the remaining salt, and saute for 5 minutes, until browned. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Alfredo Cauliflower Casserole," 30 Dec. 2020 Add asparagus, peas and half the jalapeño mixture, and season the broth again with salt and pepper. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "The lightest, brothiest soup recipe for when you can’t eat another bite," 5 May 2020 The formula is simple: Spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray, pick your seafood, add your vegetables, season it up, add a little moisture with some broth or other sauce, wrap it up and get cooking. Chuck Blount,, "Chuck’s Food Shack: Cooking seafood in foil packets makes for an ocean’s bounty of options," 23 Nov. 2020 Pat steaks dry and season both sides with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Star Tribune, "Recipe: Garlic and Herb Butter-Basted Steak and Potatoes," 9 Dec. 2020 Black cooks found unique ways to prepare and season these less-desirable meats, turning them into culinary delights, according to Black food historians. John-john Williams Iv,, "Move over, collards; make room for sauerkraut. Black Marylanders have made the German specialty their own.," 25 Nov. 2020 Score the skin of the breast in a crosshatch pattern, being careful not to expose the flesh, then generously season with salt and pepper. Washington Post, "Orange-sriracha glazed duck and roasted fruit are a stunning sheet-pan dinner combination," 10 Nov. 2020 This helps season the wood prior to cooking, minimizes warping, and imparts maximum flavor. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "How to Cook Meals with Grilling Planks," 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of season


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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


Middle English sesounen, back-formation from sesounde flavored, from Anglo-French seisoné brought to a desired state, from seison

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13 Jan 2021

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“Season.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of season

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one of the four periods (spring, summer, autumn, and winter) into which the year is commonly divided
: a period of time when a particular sport is being played
: a period of time when a particular event, process, activity, etc., occurs



English Language Learners Definition of season (Entry 2 of 2)

: to add salt, pepper, spices, etc., to (something) to give it more flavor
: to make (wood) ready for use by slowly drying it


sea·​son | \ ˈsē-zᵊn How to pronounce season (audio) \

Kids Definition of season

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one of the four quarters into which a year is commonly divided
2 : a period of time associated with something special apple season


seasoned; seasoning

Kids Definition of season (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to add flavor to (food) with spices and herbs
2 : to make suitable for use (as by aging or drying) Has this wood been seasoned?

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