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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Synonyms for seasoning


flavor, flavoring, spice

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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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The sweet-and-spicy seasoning was exactly right – playful and prominent yet not overpowering. Anchorage Daily News, "Add these new(ish) Anchorage food trucks to your rotation this summer," 6 June 2019 With a tasty seasoning and coconut lime dip, the ingenious side dish will win your kids over in no time. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "40 Watermelon Recipes That Are Essential for Summer Barbecues," 22 May 2019 Meats aside, Fike recommended fig jam as a versatile seasoning for cheeses salty and sweet. Allison Steele,, "What makes a good cheese plate? A how-to for amateurs," 10 Apr. 2018 Sunkist Citrus Salt This salt is great to use as a zesty seasoning or finishing salt. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "California citrus: Short crop long on flavor," 6 Feb. 2018 Try it as a new flavor in squash dishes or casseroles, or as a spice seasoning for fruit pies (like apple or pumpkin) or caramel, butterscotch and chocolate desserts and pastries., "How spice savvy are you? Here’s a primer on the spice blends you should know," 28 Jan. 2018 In bottom of large bowl, stir together sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and ranch seasoning. Laura Rege, Good Housekeeping, "Ranch Potato Salad," 23 May 2019 That realization has dawned on Ajinomoto Co. of Tokyo, founded more than a century ago to make the seasoning monosodium glutamate, or MSG. River Davis, WSJ, "Rescuing MSG’s Unsavory Reputation," 27 Apr. 2019 Whole Bone-In Chicken Wings Parsley; Chopped – for Garnish Directions: Combine all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl to create seasoning. Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "9 Easy Kentucky Derby Recipe Ideas You Can Whip Up In No Time," 3 May 2019

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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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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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