sea·son | \ˈsē-zᵊn \

Definition of season 

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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

Heart and skill over numbers was the theme of the second of the three team meetings Cubs manager Joe Maddon conducts every season. Mark Gonzales,, "Cubs manager Joe Maddon emphasizes 'good old-fashioned baseball' in meeting," 15 July 2018 While Louisville suffered serious turnover during the NFL draft season — losing Lamar Jackson, Jaire Alexander and Geron Christian as early entrants — its in-state rival enjoyed the opposite fate. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "How Louisville football can (and can't) beat Kentucky again," 13 July 2018 Jeffries added that Oladipo's strong season could have played a role in Turner's inconsistency. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "IU's Jared Jeffries loves Oladipo, Miller; not high on PG, Crean," 13 July 2018 On the water at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in the Red Hook neighborhood, the series returns to New York for its second annual event, which will serve as the season finale this weekend. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "6 things to know about Formula E's championship race in New York," 13 July 2018 The average salary factors out to about $64.5 million per season, according to ESPN. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Cristiano Ronaldo deal with Juventus has Fiat workers planning strike," 13 July 2018 There is no hunting season for black bears in Louisiana. Joshua Hafner, ajc, "Hunter fined $10,000 for killing black bear in Louisiana," 12 July 2018 Richards becomes the eighth disabled Angel who could miss the rest of the season and the sixth pitcher to suffer UCL damage in 2018. Jeff Miller,, "Time is running out on Angels' season as Richards’ future gets thrown into doubt," 12 July 2018 Dancing with the Stars alum Cheryl Burke took over as coach for Dance Moms season 7. Christina Dugan,, "Abby Lee Miller Involved with Possible 8th Season of Dance Moms amid Cancer Battle," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There are some people who train celebrities who are not seasoned, and other trainers who don't train celebrities and are phenomenal. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "5 Celebrity Trainers Explain How They Got Their First Famous Clients," 30 June 2018 The victory was seasoned with a heavy dose of revenge and tasted especially sweet for the Warhawks given what happened in a state semifinal last June. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In a rematch of last year's epic state baseball semifinal, Arrowhead exacts revenge on Sun Prairie," 5 June 2018 Of course, the best dishes begin with homegrown broccoli that's perfectly seasoned. Kris Wetherbee, Good Housekeeping, "6 Things You Need To Know Before You Plant Broccoli This Fall," 22 Aug. 2016 While couscous is cooling, place seasoned chicken cutlets and squash on the grill (or under the oven broiler); flip after 2-3 minutes on first side. Brooke Parkhurst, Redbook, "Light Summer Dinners You Can Throw Together," 31 July 2012 The crawfish are boiled with Frank’s Hot Sauce and then seasoned before serving with Old Bay. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "Crawfish crawl reveals a surprise near the heart of Fort Worth, and other 'fish in the sea' | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 Apr. 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, 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

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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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a state of commotion or excitement

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