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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Friends who attended a private, entertainment industry dinner there during Comic-Con, within days of the restaurant’s official debut, complained to me about the same excessive seasoning. San Diego Union-Tribune, "With Serea, does the Hotel Del once again have a restaurant worthy of the setting?," 29 Aug. 2019 The seasoning is key, and the flavors are not typically something that the American palate would be accustomed to. Chuck Blount,, "How to make Peruvian chicken on your grill at home," 26 Aug. 2019 Brooklyn Nets: Allen certainly didn’t need extra seasoning in Vegas after spending last season as the Nets’ starting center., "All-Summer League Team: Picking the Best Players From Las Vegas," 15 July 2019 Chick-fil-A’s sandwich has a light breading with a bit of seasoning. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Popeyes chicken sandwich sweeps Chick-fil-A in Sentinel staffer taste test," 26 Aug. 2019 By 2021, both Jon Gray and German Marquez should have plenty of seasoning to be co-aces. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Newman: Why the 2021 season will be the Rockies’ truest — and widest — playoff window," 20 Aug. 2019 Like the Lodge, its surface is rough until its layers of seasoning build up from use. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The 8 Best Cast-Iron Skillets to Last a Lifetime," 29 July 2019 Add onions, sausage, parsley, and teaspoons of dry seasoning to taste. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Big Freedia Whips Up Her Famous 'Booty Popping Potatoes' That Have Flavor And Bounce By The Ounce," 6 July 2019 Ideally, Korenar will go down and get another year of seasoning, then come back in 2020 with a better shot of reaching the NHL. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, "Can any Sharks prospect crack the roster this fall? Here are five candidates," 4 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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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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