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

This earnings season provided its share of disappointments. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Is a Flood of Bad News Better Than a Drip, Drip, Drip?," 28 Feb. 2019 Intel has clearly struggled in its shift to 10nm processors, which are several years late and aren’t expected to launch until the holiday season. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel makes Bob Swan its permanent CEO, maintaining a slow, steady course away from the PC," 31 Jan. 2019 If Beale Street Could Talk has become one of the most important films of this awards season. Joelle Monique, Teen Vogue, ""If Beale Street Could Talk" Highlights the Power of Love in a World Designed for Black People to Fail," 9 Jan. 2019 Wow, this season of America is really going off the rails. Constance Grady, Vox, "What it means that we keep talking about America like it’s a TV show," 27 Dec. 2018 The best Google product to buy on Black Friday Google Home Hub, the company’s inevitable Google Assistant on a screen, is one of the better deals from Google this season. Natt Garun, The Verge, "Google Home Hub, Pixel 3, and Pixelbook are all getting discounts on Black Friday," 15 Nov. 2018 Transfer florets to a paper towels and season with salt. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "How to Cold-Weather-Proof a Niçoise Salad," 22 Feb. 2019 For one, the season picks up a full year after the last one left off. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Fleabag Season Two Is Really, Actually, Almost Here," 22 Feb. 2019 The competition ended up coming down to two finalists — Darci Lynne and magician Shin Lim (the winner of AGT season 13). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' and Susan Boyle Fans Are Livid After Shin Lim Wins 'Champions'," 19 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Photo: Alicia Vera for The Wall Street Journal In Mexico, salsa is the staple seasoning on the breakfast, lunch and dinner table. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "The Art of Eating Simply," 21 Feb. 2019 But the recent price bust chastened both seasoned executives and young people about to enter the industry. Houston Chronicle, "Competition for top talent keeps pay scale high in oil industry," 13 July 2018 Remove the mushrooms from the marinade and pat them dry with paper towels; season them lightly with salt and pepper. Jason Wilson, charlotteobserver, "Vermont’s maple syrup business is booming, thanks to technology and changing tastes," 4 May 2018 The common misconception that this unique skill can’t be taught is shattered in this 10.5-hour course, which is led by New York Times best-selling business author Michael Port and seasoned actress Amy Port. Popular Mechanics, "How to Get a Great Job in 2019 with These 5 Skills," 14 Jan. 2019 With one-liners like these liberally seasoning the pages, every reader and listener is rewarded. Wesley Stace, WSJ, "‘Voices’ Review: Singers in the Key of Life," 20 Dec. 2018 Use ginger for seasoning veggie-heavy meals and snacks, not solely for health benefits. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "8 Surprising Health Benefits of Ginger You Need to Know About," 19 Nov. 2018 The exhibition’s sturdy, introspective women, conjured up with subtle hues, seasoned with flashes of intense color, explained why. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, "The Best Art of 2018: Diving Into the Beauty of the Past to Escape a Hectic Present," 14 Dec. 2018

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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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