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
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 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

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

No official announcement has been made regarding the timeslot for Chicago Fire's upcoming season. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Chicago Fire' Is Officially Coming Back for Season 8: Here's What to Know," 27 Mar. 2019 After the network released a new poster for the show's upcoming season this week, GoT enthusiasts focused on some enticing details. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Fans Think the New Poster Teases Who Ends Up on the Iron Throne," 23 Mar. 2019 This week Giants Software doubled down, forming the Farming Simulator League and pledging a whopping €250,000 in prizes for this upcoming second season, with 10 tournaments across Europe. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Pillars of Eternity II gets a turn-based mode, Farming Simulator bets big on esports," 25 Jan. 2019 Amazon Prime customers will have their own selection of new and classic titles, including the Timothée Chalamet-starring Beautiful Boy, coming just in time for awards season. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Everything coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now in January," 30 Dec. 2018 Princess Diana will appear in season four of the show. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Crown Is Reportedly Casting for Princess Diana, and the Ad Says a Lot About the Role," 12 Mar. 2019 Buying food in season is often cheaper, and winter has its own fair share of powerhouses like cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and turnips. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Nutrition Expert Joy Bauer's Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget," 23 Jan. 2019 Effectiveness in recent years has ranged from 60 percent in the 2010-2011 season to 19 percent in the 2014–2015 season, according to CDC data. Korin Miller, SELF, "Good News: This Year's Flu Vaccine Seems to Be a Good Match," 14 Jan. 2019 This adventure is a step back in time, but the waters of Papua New Guinea also offer world class diving, fishing and surfing in the right season—away from any crowds. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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. cleveland.com, "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 Like all Lodge cast iron, this skillet comes pre-seasoned with 100% vegetable oil. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "Amazon's Top-Selling Cast Iron Skillet Is on Sale for $15," 4 Jan. 2019 Fast forward only three years and Baffert is at it again, this time with a less-seasoned, but maybe an equally talented colt in Justify. Andrew J. Campa, latimes.com, "Justify, Baffert aim for greatness," 7 June 2018 Further seasoning the Totême shopping experience will be a section devoted to books. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Totême Opens a Sleek, New Flagship in Stockholm—And Launches a Shoe Line," 7 Mar. 2019

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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

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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