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 seasoning (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 for season

Synonyms: Verb

flavor, lace, savor (also savour), spice

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Examples of season in a Sentence


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


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

He got hurt again Feb. 26 in Boston and didn’t play again until the regular-season finale. Josh Dubow,, "Sharks sign Erik Karlsson to eight-year, $92 million contract," 17 June 2019 Rice yields during the 2018 dry-season harvest were way down—often well under a ton an acre, which pushed up food prices. Peter Schwartzstein, National Geographic, "This vanishing forest protects the coasts—and lives—of two countries," 17 June 2019 The professional baseball season — from the first day of spring training until the last day of the postseason — can last more than eight months. Peter Schmuck,, "Brandon Hyde copes with challenges of being a father and father figure in first season as Orioles manager," 16 June 2019 Starting for the injured Jonathan Isaac in the regular-season finale, Iwundu delivered a solid performance with seven points on 3-of-6 shooting, four assists, two steals and two blocks. Roy Parry,, "Magic’s Wes Iwundu added more offense to his game this season," 16 June 2019 Should United remain steadfast in their demands, pricing out Los Blancos of the move, Pogba is supposedly prepared to go on strike throughout pre-season and indeed into the start of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign if need be., "Paul Pogba Willing to Go on Strike in Order to Force Through Real Madrid Switch," 16 June 2019 Roydell Williams set a Hueytown single-season rushing record with 291 carries for 2,757 yards and 32 TDs last season and is already committed to Alabama. Josh Bean |,, "'Win-win for everyone’: Hueytown avoids turmoil in football coaching change," 15 June 2019 The Lakers no doubt felt a great deal of urgency to trade for Davis after a hugely disappointing season, James’s first with the team and his first since 2005 without a trip to the playoffs. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Pelicans Agree to Trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers," 15 June 2019 Of course, those odds are also reflective of the belief Anthony Davis will wind up in L.A. this off-season. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Warriors no longer favored to win the NBA title next season," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While the Kare-Kare is simmering, bring a pot of water seasoned with salt to a boil. San Diego Union-Tribune, "3 chefs share recipes inspired by their cooking dads," 11 June 2019 The vinegar dressing, meanwhile, was seasoned with not just hot chiles but pickled bell peppers, carrots and cucumbers, making this escovitch more interesting than usual. New York Times, "A Brooklyn Favorite for Jamaican Food Beats the Odds," 26 June 2018 Meanwhile, the fish is seasoned from the inside with a turmeric-chile seasoning that’s mixed with fresh lime juice and then cooked until the skin crisps up in the pan. Nik Sharma, San Francisco Chronicle, "A Brown Kitchen: Turmeric-Baked Sea Bass With Saffron Couscous," 15 Jan. 2018 Sometimes tacos al pastor are merely seasoned with pineapple, used to marinate the meat. Alex Kiesig, idahostatesman, "'I love this city': Eat your way through the Capital City Public Market," 6 July 2018 Over a dozen seasoned Republicans tried, in just as many ways or more, to cut down Trump during the 2016 primary and all lost in spectacular fashion. Dan Merica, CNN, "Democrats are running hard -- away from the Trump circus," 15 May 2018 Plain Beef Burger Mike Polk says: Great bun, browned well, meat was perfectly seasoned., "Hatfield's Goode Grub packs burgers with flavorful toppings," 26 Apr. 2018 It's seasoned with these onions that are cooked low and slow in beef fat. Sarah Rense, Esquire, "What Is the Perfect Burger?," 27 Feb. 2018 Rice for the nigiri is steamed in traditional iron pots over charcoal and then seasoned with red vinegar. Melinda Joe, Condé Nast Traveler, "22 Best Places for Sushi in Tokyo," 27 Feb. 2018

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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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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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