sea·​son·​ing ˈsēz-niŋ How to pronounce seasoning (audio)
: something that serves to season
especially : an ingredient (such as a condiment, spice, or herb) added to food primarily for the savor that it imparts

Examples of seasoning in a Sentence

My favorite seasonings are black pepper and oregano. Add some seasoning to the marinade. The soup needs more seasoning.
Recent Examples on the Web The dense seeds require a good amount of seasoning, so don’t be shy with your spices and aromatics. Lynda Balslev, The Mercury News, 8 Apr. 2024 Canned soup: Cream of mushroom soup and cream of chicken soup add both seasoning and sauce to the original recipe. Kimberly Holland, Southern Living, 30 Mar. 2024 Sauces, dips, pastes and even seasonings count as condiments. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2024 Stovetop: Bring meat, seasonings, onion, celery and broth to a boil, lower to simmer, cover and cook 2-3 hours until meat is done. Rita Nader Heikenfeld, The Enquirer, 16 Mar. 2024 Green's seasonings and rubs incorporate many local ingredients. Journal Sentinel, 14 Mar. 2024 Add the achiote seasoning, mix well until the mixture starts turning a light orange color, then splash in the Mexican lager. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 9 Mar. 2024 This chain also goes a step further by selling its dry rubs as seasonings to be used in a range of dishes at home. Angela L. Pagán / The Takeout, Quartz, 24 Mar. 2024 Aside from salt and black pepper, there’s very little seasoning in egg salad. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 21 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of seasoning was in 1579

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Cite this Entry

“Seasoning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: something (as a spice or herb) that seasons

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