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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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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Recent Examples on the Web

In addition to the aquafaba, there’s a touch of coconut oil and special seasoning. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Are Chickpeas the New Chic Peas?," 7 Dec. 2018 Casa Bonita’s prime Iowa skirt steak is aged 21 days and marinated for 48 hours in a special house seasoning. Donald Liebenson, Lake County News-Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Casa Bonita in Libertyville," 8 July 2018 That wood flavor, plus salt and pepper, are the brisket’s only seasoning. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Central Smoke’s Asian-accented, down-home barbecue adds fire and spice to chilly nights," 25 Oct. 2018 These jars replace traditional butter, sweetener, and seasonings with alternatives that intend to make every meal taste better, and become healthier. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Forget the Spice Rack: These Chef-Approved Ingredients Are All the Seasoning You Need," 16 Aug. 2018 The seasoning strikes that perfect balance of sour, salty and sweet — assertive enough to make its presence known but humble enough to share the stage. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "No-frills Sushi Nakano one of the best casual sushi restaurants in Phoenix," 10 July 2018 The mayo helps the seasoning to stick to the meat, much more that than oil would. David Kaplan, Fox News, "This simple mayonnaise-based grilling hack will change your summer cookouts," 4 July 2018 Sprinkle the chicken inside and out with the seasoning. Multiple Authors, House Beautiful, "Herb-Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Sage," 1 Sep. 2010 Seal the bag, use your hands to evenly coat the beef with the seasonings, and then chill for up to 24 hours. Blake Bakkila,, "3 Easy Summer Campfire Recipes Your Entire Family Will Enjoy," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of seasoning

1579, in the meaning defined above

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11 Dec 2018

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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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