sea·​son | \ ˈsē-zᵊn How to pronounce season (audio) \

Definition of season

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a time characterized by a particular circumstance or feature in a season of religious awakening— F. A. Christie
b : a suitable or natural time or occasion when my season comes to sit on David's throne— John Milton
c : an indefinite period of time : while sent home again to her father for a season— Francis Hackett
2a : 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
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


seasoned; seasoning\ ˈsēz-​niŋ How to pronounce seasoning (audio) , ˈsē-​zᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of season (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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
2a : to treat (something, such as wood or a skillet) so as to prepare for use
b : to make fit by experience a seasoned veteran

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of season in a Sentence

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Gibson has posted double-digit points since Week 2 with a season-high 18.8 against the Ravens in Week 4. Phil Thompson,, "Fantasy football lineups for Week 5: Start Kenyan Drake and sit Myles Gaskin," 8 Oct. 2020 Tri-West rushed for a season-high 195 yards in last week’s 35-6 win over North Montgomery. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis high school football Week 8 predictions: Center Grove-Lawrence North, Cathedral-Brebeuf and more," 7 Oct. 2020 The Storm had won the title in 2018 with a healthy roster, but were ousted in the first round last year after Stewart and Bird suffered season-ending injuries. Matt Calkins, Star Tribune, "Matt Calkins: Let there be no doubt: With trophy No. 4, Storm headed for dynasty territory," 7 Oct. 2020 Playing an unprecedented role in this year’s draft, the coronavirus pandemic caused the cancellation of the annual combine, as well as season-ending tournaments in the minor leagues and college ranks. Brett Shweky,, "Florida Panthers select Anton Lundell with 12th pick in NHL draft," 6 Oct. 2020 The Braves got the win despite a tough start from Max Fried, who allowed six hits and a season-high four runs in just four innings. Kristie Rieken, Houston Chronicle, "Travis d'Arnaud, Braves rally in 7th to beat Marlins in NLDS opener at Minute Maid Park," 6 Oct. 2020 Ansah joins defensive end Nick Bosa (knee) and Solomon Thomas (knee) on the list of season-ending injuries. oregonlive, "San Francisco 49ers hoping for reinforcements as injured list continues to grow," 6 Oct. 2020 Head coach Kyle Shanahan was asked if Ansah’s injury was expected to require season-ending surgery. Eric Branch,, "49ers: Ziggy Ansah’s season likely over after two games, 34 snaps," 5 Oct. 2020 Kamara led the Saints with 83 yards on the ground while Latavius Murray added 64, season-high totals for both players. Luke Johnson,, "Alvin Kamara to Sean Payton: 'Make them stop us.' The Lions didn't, and the Saints ran wild," 5 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb All of it is going to season the grates on the grill to keep the fish from getting stuck., "To grill a gorgeous whole salmon, anoint the grate with oil. Lots and lots of oil," 27 Sep. 2020 Toss to combine and season the corn salad with salt before serving. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Fire-Roasted Corn and Poblano Chile Salad," 23 Sep. 2020 Also, be sure to season at the beginning and sauce at the end. John Dudley, Field & Stream, "John Dudley’s 5 Summer Grilling Recipes," 26 Aug. 2020 When will season 7 of Brother vs. Brother premiere? Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Drew and Jonathan Scott Are at It Again in New Season of "Brother vs. Brother"," 31 July 2020 Stir to combine and season to taste with salt and pepper. Ali Slagle, Washington Post, "No two bites are the same in this soft, juicy and crunchy tomato salad," 25 Aug. 2020 When would season 2 of Indian Matchmaking premiere on Netflix? Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Indian Matchmaking' Season 2 Is Going to Change in One Important Way," 15 Aug. 2020 Arrange the tomatoes cut side up on the cooling rack and season them. Grant Melton, Bon Appétit, "How to Freeze Tomatoes Without Totally Changing Their Texture," 13 Aug. 2020 The chef specializes in Edomae-style sushi, using high-end rice vinegars to season the rice. Janelle Bitker,, "Bay Area’s intimate sushi restaurants are betting on plexiglass for future omakases," 7 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of season


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


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

History and Etymology for season


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


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

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15 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Season.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of season

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one of the four periods (spring, summer, autumn, and winter) into which the year is commonly divided
: a period of time when a particular sport is being played
: a period of time when a particular event, process, activity, etc., occurs



English Language Learners Definition of season (Entry 2 of 2)

: to add salt, pepper, spices, etc., to (something) to give it more flavor
: to make (wood) ready for use by slowly drying it


sea·​son | \ ˈsē-zᵊn How to pronounce season (audio) \

Kids Definition of season

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one of the four quarters into which a year is commonly divided
2 : a period of time associated with something special apple season


seasoned; seasoning

Kids Definition of season (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to add flavor to (food) with spices and herbs
2 : to make suitable for use (as by aging or drying) Has this wood been seasoned?

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