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 season (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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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 In season 3 of the Netflix series, which dropped today in its entirety, Hope (Annette O'Toole) is nowhere to be seen. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 9 July 2021 So called for the singular pit or stone at the center — which houses a seed inside — stone fruit, also known as drupes, are generally in season late May through early October in the United States. Washington Post, 9 July 2021 Connecticut became the first team to clinch a spot in the WNBA’s inaugural Commissioner’s Cup Championship Game, an in-season competition with a $500,000 prize pool. Alexa Philippou,, 9 July 2021 But Monty, the straggler in recent years in reuniting with Rose at Montrose, also lagged behind one of his chicks in this season’s hatching. Morgan Greene,, 8 July 2021 In his final outing before the All-Star Break, Montas reached the 100-inning mark in a major-league season for the first time. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 July 2021 Remember the 2015 Astros – the first Astros team to make it to the postseason in 10 years – losing the division to the Rangers by two games in a season in which the Astros went 6-13 against Arlington? James Yasko, Chron, 7 July 2021 The 6-foot-10 big man played 50 games in the regular season for Phoenix and averaged 8.7 points and 3.8 rebounds. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 July 2021 Wells struggled early in the season for the Tides, but had a 2.45 ERA and a 0.71 WHIP in June before this start to begin July. Jon Meoli,, 6 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When will season 4 of The Rookie premiere? Season 4 of The Rookie will premiere later this fall. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 26 June 2021 The bone-in brown stew chicken must be paired with peas and rice, so that its salty, savory drippings can season the grains and beans underneath. Washington Post, 28 June 2021 Gardner went on to play eight games that season with the Stars. Brice Paterik, Dallas News, 24 June 2021 Lightly brush the corn with brown butter on all sides and season it with Old Bay seasoning. Elizabeth Karmel, Forbes, 13 May 2021 When will season 5 of 9-1-1 premiere? Season 5 of 9-1-1 will premiere later this fall on Fox. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 31 May 2021 Dress the kale and cabbage mixture with the vinaigrette, toss well, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours, so the dressing can season and tenderize the slaw. Beth Segal, cleveland, 14 May 2021 Where will season 2 of Making the Cut be filmed? Pre-pandemic, the first season of Making the Cut was shot all around the globe, introducing grueling challenges and hosting exciting fashion shows in Tokyo, Paris and New York City. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 5 May 2021 Taste and season the dressing with more salt and pepper, if desired. Beth Segal, cleveland, 30 Apr. 2021

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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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“Season.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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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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