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: 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 The Tigers finished 12-1, highlighted by an undefeated regular season and an 11th consecutive district crown. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Katy ISD standouts earn TXSWA all-state honors," 25 Feb. 2020 Brown arrived at the 2018 NFL scouting combine after an All-American season at Oklahoma. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Opponents still chide Baltimore Ravens' Orlando Brown about NFL scouting combine embarrassment," 24 Feb. 2020 The Astros have also been accused of cheating through the 2019 season, but the players have denied those allegations. Fox News, "Jim Gray slams MLB's 'ridiculous' response to Astros sign-stealing scandal, calls for player suspensions," 20 Feb. 2020 The football season is a long stretch that takes more than its toll on the players. Andy Nesbitt, For The Win, "The NFL would be really dumb to let more teams in the playoffs," 20 Feb. 2020 The cold season is nearly behind us, but that doesn’t mean we’re stowing away our boots and busting out the strappy sandals just yet. Erin Parker, Glamour, "19 Spring Boot Styles You’ll Wear All Season Long," 20 Feb. 2020 If Peter Weber's Bachelor season has been any indication, lots of the women would be an absolute lock for this crazy show. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "The 'Bachelor In Paradise' Cast In 2020: Everything We Know," 19 Feb. 2020 Many political observers travel to key places to be a part of the spectacle of an election season. Emma Balter, Condé Nast Traveler, "What It's Like to Be a Political Tourist During the Iowa Caucuses," 18 Feb. 2020 But with little in the way of significant genre releases on Disney+ between now and Marvel’s first series in August, this final season of The Clone Wars is a new opportunity to reel in audiences. Ani Bundel, Ars Technica, "Clone Wars S7 premiere brings the war to Star Wars—and hints of closure," 18 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Keep frying to soften the mushrooms, season them with a pinch of salt, and add 1/2 cup water. Erin Booke, Dallas News, "Pasta Granny goals: 3 frugal recipes from our new favorite cookbook," 7 Jan. 2020 The problem was discovered when the firm’s seasoning supplier notified them that the proprietary seasoning, which is not supposed to contain soy, actually contains soy lecithin. Jennie Key,, "Erlanger firm recalls bacon and turkey products for allergen issues," 30 Nov. 2019 Buyers season them with salt and eat them with rice or cassava. The Economist, "Grubs up Why eating bugs is so popular in Congo," 14 Nov. 2019 After roasting, the vegetables, with all the pan drippings, are tossed into a bowl of shredded and seasoned kale to become a sort of warm, savory salad loaded with winning tastes and textures (and only one pan to scrub). Molly Stevens,, "Finding calm in the kitchen isn’t always easy. Here’s how to start.," 11 Nov. 2019 Again, keep tasting it and season it to your liking. Carrie Knauer,, "Carrie’s Kitchen: Don’t like pumpkin spice? Try these recipes with real pumpkin," 30 Sep. 2019 The play requires the kind of keen pacing that seasoned director L. Flint Esquerra should be well equipped to supply. Los Angeles Times, "New in L.A. theater: The struggles of women, as seen through the Armenian genocide," 27 Sep. 2019 Through osmosis, the flavorful brine is absorbed into the meat, thereby seasoning it through and through. Catherine Lo, Good Housekeeping, "How to Brine Turkey for Your Best-Ever Bird," 27 Aug. 2019 The meat, seasoned with garlic and thyme, is agreeably juicy but salty, a problem underscored by feta in the stack. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "I want to cheer for Pom Pom. But it’s complicated.," 22 Jan. 2020

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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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28 Feb 2020

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“Season.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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