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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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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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Moore will use a two-platoon system, choosing from among the 120 players on the Tigers roster to get prepared for the Aug. 19 season-opener vs. Austin. Jimmy Lay, al, 2 Aug. 2022 By the end of his college football debut in OSU’s 2021 season opener, TreVeyon Henderson answered who deserved the lead back role. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 2 Aug. 2022 Previously, only season-ticket holders and VIP members could attend practice in Allen Park. Chandler Engelbrecht, Detroit Free Press, 2 Aug. 2022 Glover revealed the Season four trailer on Tuesday, ahead of the season premiere on September 15. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 2 Aug. 2022 The Green Bay Packers have won 13 regular season games for three straight years. Rob Reischel, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Louisville’s season opener is also its first ACC game, with the Cardinals traveling to Syracuse for an 8 p.m. contest on Sept. 3. Alexis Cubit, The Courier-Journal, 1 Aug. 2022 Kansas City went 1-6 against the AL leading-Yankees, who last swept a season series of seven games or more by going 7-0 against Minnesota in 2009. Jerry Beach, Hartford Courant, 31 July 2022 Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer off All-Star closer Clay Holmes in the ninth inning and Royals beat the Yankees 8-6 in New York on Sunday to avoid being swept in the season series. Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The first step is to make a scotch-whisky flavor brine to infuse and season the fish. Elizabeth Karmel, Forbes, 25 July 2022 As is typical for an NHL affiliate, the Admirals will see significant turnover from last year’s roster with the Nashville Predators looking to season their prospects and familiar veterans seeking opportunities in new places. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 July 2022 Flip and season the other side with the remaining olive oil, salt and black pepper. Emily Codik, Washington Post, 19 July 2022 And the brilliance of the season is the writing ties it to season one in ways to think up to hurt Barry. Pete Keeley, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 May 2022 What will season 2 feature? Travis and Kourtney’s wedding(s), almost certainly. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 18 June 2022 Do not season with salt if preparing in advance because this will cause the fish to dry out. Ann Maloney, Washington Post, 17 May 2022 Once the fish is completely pat dried, season it with salt and pepper and carefully put it in the pan, skin-side down. Noma Nazish, Forbes, 26 June 2022 Or make simple short grain sushi rice and lightly season it with your choice of sushi rice vinegar when cooked. Aly Walansky, Forbes, 15 June 2022 See More

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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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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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