season

noun
sea·​son | \ ˈsē-zᵊn \

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
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

season

verb
seasoned; seasoning\ ˈsēz-​niŋ , 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 for season

Synonyms: Verb

flavor, lace, savor (also savour), spice

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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

What has changed for Victoria at the start of this season? Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Jenna Coleman Reveals Why She Likes Playing Victoria Most When the Queen Is Pregnant," 14 Jan. 2019 All of season one will be available via the streaming service. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "How to Watch 'The Masked Singer' and More Big Questions About the Show Answered," 9 Jan. 2019 The first 2020 polls of the season have some familiar faces out in front as early favorites. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "2020 Democratic hopefuls are under pressure to build diverse teams," 29 Dec. 2018 For a more experimental touch, someone like, say, Emma Stone could easily slip into one of the season’s luxe jumpsuits for the red carpet. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "16 Red Carpet-Worthy Looks That Will Make You Rethink Gowns Forever," 29 Dec. 2018 Cardinal signs, which include Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn, kick off new seasons. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Each Zodiac Sign's Unique Personality Traits, Explained by an Astrologer," 28 Oct. 2018 But the switch to Lawrence wasn’t made to win regular-season games, or even the Atlantic Coast Conference title. Jim Chairusmi, WSJ, "Clemson Wins Cotton Bowl to Advance to National Championship Game," 30 Dec. 2018 Having been spotted doing some last-minute Christmas shopping in Norfolk, near to the Queen's Sandringham estate, over the weekend, Kate Middleton appeared to be well-prepared for the festive season. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears a Festive Red Catherine Walker Coat to the Christmas Day Church Service," 25 Dec. 2018 The Voice has finally announced a winner for season 15: Chevel Shepherd! Megan Stein, Country Living, "Chevel Shepherd Wins 'The Voice' Season 15," 19 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

With one-liners like these liberally seasoning the pages, every reader and listener is rewarded. Wesley Stace, WSJ, "‘Voices’ Review: Singers in the Key of Life," 20 Dec. 2018 Use ginger for seasoning veggie-heavy meals and snacks, not solely for health benefits. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "8 Surprising Health Benefits of Ginger You Need to Know About," 19 Nov. 2018 The exhibition’s sturdy, introspective women, conjured up with subtle hues, seasoned with flashes of intense color, explained why. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, "The Best Art of 2018: Diving Into the Beauty of the Past to Escape a Hectic Present," 14 Dec. 2018 Military forces seasoned with battlefield experience fight more successfully and take fewer losses. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Is the Chinese Military Ready for War?," 27 Nov. 2018 If this seems like too much of a hassle, Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, recommends picking up cookware that comes pre-seasoned, like the carbon steel items from Lodge. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Cast Iron the Right Way," 27 Aug. 2018 Remove the mushrooms from the marinade and pat them dry with paper towels; season them lightly with salt and pepper. Jason Wilson, charlotteobserver, "Vermont’s maple syrup business is booming, thanks to technology and changing tastes," 4 May 2018 Remove the mushrooms from the marinade and pat them dry with paper towels; season them lightly with salt and pepper. Jason Wilson, sacbee, "Vermont industry turns over a new leaf | The Sacramento Bee," 24 Apr. 2018 As of Monday, a human at Caliburger's restaurant here is making the burger patties and seasoning them, and then placing them in a tray for the robot. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Flippy the robot is now cooking up burgers near L.A., and that's just the start," 5 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of season

Noun

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

Verb

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

History and Etymology for season

Noun

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

Verb

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

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season

verb

English Language Learners Definition of season

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

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

season

noun
sea·​son | \ ˈsē-zᵊn \

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

season

verb
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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