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


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


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

Vanderpump Rules: Watch your first look at season seven, below: 9 P.M. ET on Bravo Tuesday, December 4 Legends of the Lost With Megan Fox: Megan Fox charts the globe and uncovers ancient mysteries in this new travel series. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "10 TV Shows and Movies to Watch This Week," 2 Dec. 2018 While Donaldson followed up with two more 30-plus-homer seasons, a hip injury in 2016 and a strained right calf in 2017 cut into his production. Paul Newberry, The Seattle Times, "Donaldson, Braves reach a deal that works well for both," 27 Nov. 2018 The fires were especially intense due to an unusually late start to the rainy season, which left vegetation dry as seasonal mountain winds kicked up like bellows in a forge. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "What is going on with California’s horrific fires?," 13 Nov. 2018 Luckily for all of us, Netflix has just renewed the series for a second season, which is bound to be crazier than the first. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Here's Everything We Know About "Elite" Season 2," 19 Oct. 2018 Steel Vengeance, at Sandusky's Cedar Point, was closed most of Saturday, the park’s first day of the 2018 season, due to the incident. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "'World's fastest' hybrid roller coaster in Ohio shuts down on opening day after two cars collide," 2 Oct. 2018 The actress also reflected on her upcoming replacement in the series: for season three, which is being filmed now, Olivia Colman will play Queen Elizabeth in Foy's place. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Claire Foy Just Dedicated Her Emmy's Speech to Her Co-Star Matt Smith," 18 Sep. 2018 Its first season, released in 2016, investigated the 1989 murder of Jacob Wetterling. Aja Romano, Vox, "Curtis Flowers was tried 6 times for the same crime. Now the Supreme Court will hear his case.," 6 Nov. 2018 With warm weather, blue skies and miles of lush scenery to enjoy, Condé Nast Traveler, in partnership with, is officially calling it road trip season. Condé Naste Traveler: Post, "The Best Summer Road Trips," 26 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Meanwhile, roughly chop the tomatoes on a board and season them well with salt and pepper. Jamie Oliver, House Beautiful, "A Killer Mac 'N' Cheese by Jamie Oliver," 4 June 2014 Add lemon juice and Tabasco sauce, then adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to taste and set aside. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "He never gets tired of the Hot Brown, but chef at The Brown Hotel is always looking ahead," 20 Mar. 2018 But since his salt costs 10 to 15 times as much as other gourmet salts, per Spiliadis’s approximation, the price does add up: Greek salad, seasoned with the salt, costs $33. Fortune, "These Secret Ingredients May Be Fattening Your Restaurant Bill," 15 Mar. 2018 Here are 21 commands that even seasoned Echo users may not know. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "In a fast about-face, Seattle may cave to Amazon, overturn corporate head tax," 12 June 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

: 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 \

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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