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

Synonyms for seasoning


Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The beef, soft from low, slow cooking, benefits from the house green seasoning and a hit of culantro. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 20 June 2022 Now the technique for succulent ribs is as important as the seasoning and mop sauce. Rita Nader Heikenfeld, The Enquirer, 18 June 2022 The seasoning, colorful and crunchy, is a take on an everything bagel mix. Ann Trieger Kurland,, 14 June 2022 The all-purpose seasoning is meant to be used on pretty much everything and is made with all-natural ingredients with no chemicals or fillers. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 6 June 2022 Beyond the jerk seasoning, this is not your average ice cream, with one flavored with soursop, another called Jerk Nuts, made with Grape-Nuts cereal, and his Stout Jim, made with Guinness Stout. Ben Crandell, Sun Sentinel, 26 May 2022 The meat is medium-ish done and the seasoning comes in regular, mild, and spicy. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 30 Dec. 2021 The Orange overlay is meant to represent the color of a crab, while the brown tongue and toe box represent the Old Bay seasoning. Ryan Mcfadden,, 19 Oct. 2021 The seasoning is a mix of the bar's crunchy cookie, soft caramel and milk chocolate flavors. Vanessa Etienne,, 31 Aug. 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'seasoning.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of seasoning

1579, in the meaning defined above

Buying Guide

Our Reviews team has selected the best gas grills.

Learn More About seasoning

Time Traveler for seasoning

Time Traveler

The first known use of seasoning was in 1579

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near seasoning




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for seasoning

Last Updated

24 Jun 2022

Cite this Entry

“Seasoning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for seasoning


sea·​son·​ing | \ ˈsē-zən-iŋ \

Kids Definition of seasoning

: something added to food to give it more flavor

More from Merriam-Webster on seasoning

Nglish: Translation of seasoning for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of seasoning for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about seasoning


Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!