sea·son·ing | \ˈsēz-niŋ, 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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Taste and adjust seasoning with lemon juice, salt and black pepper. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Smoked Salmon Sandwiches With Finger Lime Aioli," 26 Apr. 2018 Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt and cayenne if needed. Debbi Snook,, "Paula Wolfert's Indonesian Beef Satay (recipe)," 25 Apr. 2018 The collagen recovered from the skin also holds the seasoning close to each morsel, delivering the flavorful intensity of long-marinated tuna without the petrified chew. Ali Bouzari,, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018 The day will feature several events sponsored by the maker of the famous Baltimore crab seasoning. Anna Muckerman,, "Baltimore Mayor Pugh to declare first day of summer Old Bay Day," 20 June 2018 Dipping Sauce Loading up on the liquid seasoning is tempting, but aim for restraint. Jean Trinh, Los Angeles Magazine, "Boiled, Steamed, or Pan Fried? A Guide to Chinese Dumplings," 5 June 2018 There’s a rumor that the rub came from a Peruano employee, but most of the seasonings are commonly found in traditional Puerto Rican recipes: vinegar, garlic, oregano, achiote, cumin. Illyanna Maisonet, San Francisco Chronicle, "The quest to preserve Puerto Rican culture with food," 21 May 2018 At 19, doesn't have the seasoning or versatility of Wagner. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "5 potential draft targets for the Pacers at the start of the NBA combine," 16 May 2018 Yadi Rodriguez says: Amazing burger, a big fan of the seasoning on top of the patty., "The City Diner in Cleveland is not your typical local diner," 8 May 2018

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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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