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 Add the shrimp, cayenne and Creole seasoning and stir to combine. Washington Post, "Shrimp Étouffée," 9 Jan. 2020 Monkey bread is small knots of bread dough tossed in butter and some seasonings (often sweet ones, like cinnamon and sugar), and piled into a pan to bake. Katie Workman, NBC News, "Transform ho-hum refrigerated biscuits into this garlicky oregano monkey bread," 23 Dec. 2019 Add dry seasonings and sweat an additional 5 minutes. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "Denver chefs share 3 recipes that’ll add a twist to your Hanukkah staples," 17 Dec. 2019 Stir in the potato, leftover turkey, poultry seasoning and turkey gravy mix. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Leftovers: 10 tips for storing leftovers and recipes to try," 29 Nov. 2019 Earlier this year, the chain brought back its popular Nacho Fries, french fries with Mexican seasoning and a nacho cheese dipping sauce. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Taco Bell is testing chicken tenders with tortilla chip coating," 21 Nov. 2019 The club has sent a number of prospects two hours north for seasoning. Gary Washburn,, "Maine attraction for Celtics is playing time," 15 Dec. 2019 But the grilling seemed to intensify the flavor, and all were sweet in their own way, without the need for any seasoning. David Tanis, New York Times, "A Mixed Grill to Remember," 9 Aug. 2019 Several flavoring options, ranging from Cajun- to Asian-style seasonings, are available. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Nothing fishy about our love of seafood: Here are 5 favorite Twin Cities’ spots to get it," 25 July 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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23 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Seasoning.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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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