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 & Antonyms for season

Synonyms: Verb

fortify, harden, indurate, inure, steel, strengthen, toughen

Antonyms: Verb


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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

But a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels, trapping them. NBC News, "Boys rescued from Thailand cave to be discharged from hospital on Thursday," 14 July 2018 Add shrimp and season with salt and pepper to taste. Osayi Endolyn, WSJ, "Why Chefs Are Elevating Rice to Star Ingredient Status," 13 July 2018 Take out those Crest White Strips and blow-dry your bangs, it’s reunion season! The Cut, The Cut, "3 Juicy High-School and College Reunion Stories," 12 July 2018 Hulu The final moments of season two of The Handmaid’s Tale don’t seem to radically shift the series’ status quo. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 was masterful. But it may have broken the show.," 11 July 2018 Broadcasting not just marquee games but a regular season is a significant move, especially in an age of declining cable subscriptions. Eric Van Allen, WIRED, "Live on ESPN: Is Esports Finally Ready for Its Crossover Moment?," 11 July 2018 Tired of waiting, and waiting, and waiting for season 3 to arrive? Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Star Sterling K. Brown Just Shared Major Spoilers From Season 3," 11 July 2018 Boise State loses one starter from a team that went 23-10 overall, winning the Mountain West regular season and tournament championships. Rachel Roberts, idahostatesman, "Boise State will host Final Four squad in Taco Bell Arena this November," 10 July 2018 Although the winter months offer better waves, the summer is still peak season for midwestern surfers. David North, Chicago Reader, "Sickened surfers say the best waves in Lake Michigan are in the polluted waters off northwest Indiana," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There are straight-cut, waffle-cut and crinkle-cut; battered, seasoned or breaded; and with a bit of potato skin or without. Rachel Abrams, The Seattle Times, "Out of the fryer and into the Uber car: Idaho-based Lamb Weston trying to deliver crispy fries," 3 July 2018 There are straight-cut, waffle-cut and crinkle-cut; battered, seasoned or breaded; and with a bit of potato skin or without. Rachel Abrams, New York Times, "A French Fry Gets Soggy in 5 Minutes. This Company Wants to Keep It Crispy for 60.," 29 June 2018 If your skillet is well-seasoned, your food shouldn't stick. Esquire, "How to Care For a Cast Iron Skillet," 7 Dec. 2015 But this version was peppered with pineapple bits, and robustly seasoned. Alex Kiesig, idahostatesman, "'I love this city': Eat your way through the Capital City Public Market," 6 July 2018 Bobby Q For at-home celebrations, the July Four feast ($40) feeds six and includes one pound each of hand-sliced smoked prime beef brisket and seasoned pulled pork, six large buns and a 5-ounce bottle of signature sauce. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Happy birthday, America! 35 restaurants celebrating with Fourth of July food, drink deals," 29 June 2018 But history suggests that countries as rich and democratically seasoned as the United States have powerful resources to combat such challenges. Daniel Treisman, Washington Post, "Is democracy really in danger? The picture is not as dire as you think.," 19 June 2018 He’s more of a lamb patties with green tahini kind of guy, seasoned with the herbs right outside the front door. Jessica Steinberg, Bon Appetit, "The Well-Crafted Kitchen: Inside an Israeli Chef’s Stunning Farmhouse and Garden," 8 June 2018 MODERN TWIST Russia's traditionally gone easy on seasoning because of the high cost of spices in earlier eras, but that's starting to change. James Ellingworth, Fox News, "Dining Russian-style at the World Cup," 7 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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the setting in which something occurs

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