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 season (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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 32-year-old was arguably the best defensive player in the league early in the season. C.j. Holmes, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Sep. 2022 The case garnered widespread attention and scrutiny when it was chronicled in season one of the podcast Serial in 2014. Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 20 Sep. 2022 Life changes in major ways for both Harper Stern and Yasmin Kara-Hanani in the Industry season 2 finale. Alamin Yohannes,, 20 Sep. 2022 Shivers had just 14 carries in eight appearances last season and never had more than 70 in a season with the Tigers. Dustin Dopirak, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Sep. 2022 As the innings in the 2022 season continue to dwindle, the Chicago Cubs face decisions. Meghan Montemurro, Chicago Tribune, 19 Sep. 2022 The only challenges left in the regular season are Panorama, Canoga Park and Kennedy. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2022 No team has ever started 0-2 and had 13 or more wins in a season, and just 16 of those 400 teams have ever won a playoff game. Andrew Gillis, cleveland, 19 Sep. 2022 The Sun Devils never won more than eight games in a season under Edwards. John Marshall, ajc, 18 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb What will season 2 be about? Season 1's cliffhanger ending sets up a lot of questions to be, hopefully, answered in season 2. Erica Gonzales, ELLE, 12 Sep. 2022 Drain and season your vegetables with salt and black pepper, if desired. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 23 Aug. 2022 And Ohtani and Trout have been wowing fans all season with impressive numbers and exciting big hits. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2022 Will season 2 entail Fielder concluding that the initial episodes didn't go according to plan, and doing it all over again with new actors trained in the Fielder Method? Christian Holub,, 19 Aug. 2022 What will season 5 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel be about? Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 17 July 2022 The first step is to make a scotch-whisky flavor brine to infuse and season the fish. Elizabeth Karmel, Forbes, 25 July 2022 As is typical for an NHL affiliate, the Admirals will see significant turnover from last year’s roster with the Nashville Predators looking to season their prospects and familiar veterans seeking opportunities in new places. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 July 2022 Flip and season the other side with the remaining olive oil, salt and black pepper. Emily Codik, Washington Post, 19 July 2022 See More

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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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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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