season

noun
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

season

verb
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 For most of the first three quarters, first CFP title game to be a rematch of a regular-season game was an old-fashioned Southeastern Conference defensive struggle. Ralph D. Russo, courant.com, 11 Jan. 2022 For most of the first three quarters, first CFP title game to be a rematch of a regular-season game was an ol’ fashion Southeastern Conference defensive struggle. Ralph D. Russo, baltimoresun.com, 11 Jan. 2022 For most of the first three quarters, first CFP title game to be a rematch of a regular-season game was an ol’ fashion Southeastern Conference defensive struggle. NBC News, 11 Jan. 2022 The Buckeyes climbed one spot from the poll taken after the regular-season finale. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 11 Jan. 2022 For most of the first three quarters, first CFP title game to be a rematch of a regular-season game was an ol’ fashion Southeastern Conference defensive struggle. The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Jan. 2022 On Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers faced the Carolina Panthers for their final regular-season game of the year. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 10 Jan. 2022 No other Big Ten team played fewer than 19 games, and Howard’s team won the Big Ten regular-season title with a 14-3 record. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 10 Jan. 2022 Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California, is one of only four people to have ever broken the $1 million mark on the quiz show in regular-season play. Victoria Albert, CBS News, 10 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Remove the lid to carefully allow the steam to escape, then transfer the popcorn to a large bowl to season it. Casey Barber, CNN, 31 Dec. 2021 The team also had losing streaks of eight games and seven games that season on its way to a 24-50-8 record. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 23 Sep. 2021 Pour garlic butter over and season with salt and pepper; toss to coat well. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Dec. 2021 Gently stir in the hot milk mixture, mix well and season with salt and pepper. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 20 Dec. 2021 Close the lid, and that bacon fat will still splatter all over the device to season it, without the risk of big flare-ups from too much fat hitting the coals. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 20 Dec. 2021 Locke and Key is currently attempting, and so far failing, to get past the dual roadblocks of You season 3 and Squid Game on the Netflix top 10 charts in its second season. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 Taste and season the pozole with salt and pepper as needed. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Nov. 2021 To make it, simply season sweet onions with salt, black pepper, and balsamic vinegar, and then grill them in foil until tender. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, 19 Nov. 2021

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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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13 Jan 2022

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“Season.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/season. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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season

noun

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

season

verb

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

season

noun
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

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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