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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All of the chopping, seasoning, and simmering feels meditative after running around Manhattan and writing all day. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Self-Care Ideas, Courtesy of Our Editors," 8 Mar. 2019 Bark has intense flavor as a result of seasonings and is sometimes chewy. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Ribs 101: Pitmasters offer advice on cooking ribs," 1 July 2018 The American Legion Post prepares the raccoon meat in a slow cooker with vegetables and uses a secret recipe of seasonings. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Delafield's 92nd annual Coon Feed draws more than 300 people for a raccoon meal," 30 Jan. 2018 Make a quick salad from baby spinach or chopped romaine, dressed with a combo of one tablespoon balsamic mixed with a teaspoon each of fresh lemon juice and Dijon mustard, and a half teaspoon of Italian seasoning., "What to Eat for Dinner If You're Trying to Lose Weight, According to a Nutritionist," 19 Jan. 2018 From: Direct Link: Embed Code: Restart A new Japanese invention could end the Salt Wars once and for all by imitating the instantly recognizable flavor of the most ubiquitous seasoning in the world. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Electric Fork Can Make You Taste Salt Where There Is None," 14 Apr. 2016 After lentils are fully cooked, taste mixture and adjust seasonings if needed. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "Here's How a Registered Dietitian Shops and Meal Preps on a Budget," 22 Feb. 2019 Many mints Mint, used as a seasoning, is a creeping perennial best kept in a pot to prevent rampant spreading. Pam Peirce,, "How Bay Area gardeners can grow their own soup," 1 June 2018 Taste and adjust the seasonings with salt and lots of freshly ground pepper. Julia Moskin, charlotteobserver, "The art of the beef stew | Charlotte Observer," 10 Apr. 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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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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