sea·​son·​ing | \ ˈsēz-niŋ How to pronounce seasoning (audio) , ˈsē-zᵊn-iŋ \

Definition of seasoning

: 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Plate the potatoes, green beans, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a mixing bowl. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Blackberry Sage Pork Chops with Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans," 13 Jan. 2021 Taste and adjust seasoning, adding salt, if necessary. Dallas News, "3 soothing chicken soup recipes: Tom Kha Gai, Thukpa and Sopa de Lima," 28 Dec. 2020 Coarse salt is more crystalline and rough and works for seasoning, sprinkling, and marinating. Ana Sanchez,, "The best salt," 23 Dec. 2020 Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds: 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon Turbinado (raw) sugar. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Pandemic Halloween party: Turning pumpkins into jack o’ lanterns with your pod…Plus snacks," 15 Oct. 2020 The first seasoning option offers a classic flavor while the second set of options, including rice wine, star anise and edamame yield subtle Asian flavors. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Boiled dinner sounds so much sexier in French: Pot au feu. Either way, it’s the warm comfort you need now.," 25 Jan. 2021 Repeat with the remaining plantains and seasoning mixture. Star Tribune, "Recipes: Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with NOLA East Mayo, Lagos Plantains With Yaji Dip," 22 Jan. 2021 Sprinkle seasoning mixture over each side of fish fillets and let stand at least 20 minutes or, preferably, cover and refrigerate overnight. Sylvia's, Woman's Day, "Fried Fish," 20 Jan. 2021 Add taco seasoning and 1/4 cup water and simmer 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened, stirring. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "Taco Cups," 13 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of seasoning

1579, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of seasoning was in 1579

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24 Feb 2021

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“Seasoning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of seasoning

: a substance (such as salt, pepper, a spice, or an herb) that is used to add flavor to food


sea·​son·​ing | \ ˈsē-zən-iŋ \

Kids Definition of seasoning

: something added to food to give it more flavor

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