season

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noun

sea·​son ˈsē-zᵊn How to pronounce season (audio)
1
a
: a time characterized by a particular circumstance or feature
in a season of religious awakeningF. A. Christie
b
: a suitable or natural time or occasion
when my season comes to sit on David's throneJohn Milton
c
: an indefinite period of time : while
sent home again to her father for a seasonFrancis Hackett
2
a
: a period of the year characterized by or associated with a particular activity or phenomenon
hay fever season
: such as
(1)
: a period associated with some phase or activity of agriculture (such as growth or harvesting)
(2)
: a period in which an animal engages in some activity (such as migrating or mating)
also : estrus, heat
(3)
: the period normally characterized by a particular kind of weather
a long rainy season
(4)
: a period marked by special activity especially in some field
tourist season
hunting season
(5)
: a period in which a place is most frequented
b
: one of the four quarters into which the year is commonly divided
c
: the time of a major holiday
d
: a period of time when a series of new television shows, plays, etc., are being shown or performed
a show entering its second season
the first/best episode of the season
the season's final performance
3
: year
a boy of seven seasons
4
[Middle English sesoun, from sesounen to season] : seasoning
5
: the schedule of official games played or to be played by a sports team during a playing season
got through the season undefeated
6
: off-season
closed for the season

season

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verb

seasoned; seasoning ˈsēz-niŋ How to pronounce season (audio)
ˈsē-zᵊn-iŋ

transitive verb

1
a
: to give (food) more flavor or zest by adding seasoning or savory ingredients
b
: to give a distinctive quality to as if by seasoning
especially : to make more agreeable
advice seasoned with wit
c
archaic : to qualify by admixture : temper
2
a
: to treat (something, such as wood or a skillet) so as to prepare for use
b
: to make fit by experience
a seasoned veteran
Phrases
in season
1
: at the right time
2
: at the stage of greatest fitness (as for eating)
peaches are in season
3
: legally available to be hunted or caught
out of season
: not in season

Example Sentences

Noun I enjoy watching the seasons change every year. These plants have a short growing season. Deer season starts next week. Monsoon season is coming soon. This season's fashions are very feminine. Pink is in style this season. The theater company will be putting on plays by Shakespeare this season. one of the shows in the network's season lineup Verb You must season the firewood. the chef seasoned the vegetables as soon as they came out of the oven See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Tax season officially starts today with the Internal Revenue Service accepting 2022 returns. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 23 Jan. 2023 The Sun Devils are looking to advance to the post-season for the first time since 2020. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 23 Jan. 2023 The Crusaders, who started the season 3-10, are 4-4 in Patriot League play. Trevor Hass, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Jan. 2023 Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari had assumed larger roles as the season progressed. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 23 Jan. 2023 But Kafka’s season in New York is a different kind of experience, evidence that the young coordinator knows how to unlock the abilities of a quarterback who doesn’t have the otherworldly passing ability of Mahomes, the NFL’s best quarterback. The Indianapolis Star, 23 Jan. 2023 For the season Pinion is averaging 3.3 points and 7.4 minutes in 16 games off the bench. Bob Holt, Arkansas Online, 23 Jan. 2023 Mexico’s rainy season is from May through November, but expect bursts of showers instead of washouts. Meena Thiruvengadam, Condé Nast Traveler, 23 Jan. 2023 So far, a down earnings season is meeting expectations. Charley Grant, WSJ, 23 Jan. 2023
Verb
Fans are flipping out over the similarities between You season two star Victoria Pedretti, who plays the onscreen love interest (literally named Love) of Penn Badgley's Joe, and Hilary Duff. Laura Lane, Peoplemag, 19 Dec. 2022 Night Country—to discuss collaborating with Coolidge, sourcing costumes in Sicily, what clothes reveal about the hotel guests and staff, and a sartorial nod to season one’s high strung White Lotus manager, Armond (Murray Bartlett). Emma Fraser, Town & Country, 4 Dec. 2022 So will season 2 find Fox, Melissa George's Margot, Logan Polish's Dina, and Gabriel Bateman's Charlie just kicking back and barbecuing fish on some remote Mexican beach? Ew Staff, EW.com, 23 Sep. 2022 The roast turkey recipe called for a single garlic clove to season a 12-pound bird, and no butter or oil; the result was dry and flavorless. Cade Metz, New York Times, 4 Nov. 2022 Add the onion, season it with salt and fry, stirring occasionally and adding more fat if needed, until brown and crisp, about 8 minutes. Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2022 Prior to Saturday night, Cunningham had only thrown five TDs all season in seven games. Alexis Cubit, The Courier-Journal, 6 Nov. 2022 Kosher salt should be used to season vegetables, protein, pasta water, etc. People Staff, Peoplemag, 24 Oct. 2022 Learning how to season a turkey with a dry brine and how long to cook a turkey will result in perfectly moist slices. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, 13 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English sesoun, from Anglo-French seison natural season, appropriate time, from Latin sation-, satio action of sowing, from serere to sow — more at sow

Verb

Middle English sesounen, back-formation from sesounde flavored, from Anglo-French seisoné brought to a desired state, from seison

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of season was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Season.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/season. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

season

1 of 2 noun
sea·​son ˈsēz-ᵊn How to pronounce season (audio)
1
a
: a suitable or natural time or occasion
a season for all things
b
: an indefinite period of time : while
willing to wait a season
2
a
: a period of the year associated with something in particular that happens every year
the baseball season
b
: a period marked by special activity especially in some field
tourist season
c
: a period in which a place is most often visited
d
: one of the four quarters into which the year is commonly divided compare autumn sense 1, spring, summer entry 1 sense 1, winter sense 1
e
: the time of a major holiday
3
4
: the schedule of official games played or to be played by a sports team during a playing season
got through the season undefeated

season

2 of 2 verb
seasoned; seasoning ˈsēz-niŋ How to pronounce season (audio)
-ᵊn-iŋ
1
: to make pleasant to the taste by adding seasoning
a seasoned stew
2
a
: to make or become suitable for use (as by drying)
season lumber
b
: to make fit by experience
a seasoned sailor
seasoner
ˈsēz-nər
-ᵊn-ər
noun

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