A tree seen in each of the four seasons.
- The definition of a season is one of the four division in a calendar year, the best time to do something or when something typically happens.
- An example of season is winter.
- An example of season is football games being played from the beginning of September to February.
- To season is defined as to add herbs and spices to make food more tasty.
An example of to season is adding fresh herbs to a dish.
- any of the four arbitrary divisions of the year, characterized chiefly by differences in temperature, precipitation, amount of daylight, and plant growth; spring, summer, fall (or autumn), or winter
- a time or part of the year during which a specified kind of agricultural work is done or a specified kind of weather prevails: the harvest season, the rainy season
- the time when something specified flourishes, develops, takes place, or is popular, permitted, or at its best: the opera season, the hunting season
- the period of time during which a sports league's games are played, often, specif., excluding the preseason and postseason
- a period of time: a slack season in business
- the suitable, fitting, or convenient time
- the period of time during which a specified festival or holiday occurs: the Christmas season
Origin of season< the v.Obs. something that seasons
Origin of seasonMiddle English sesoun from Old French seson from Vulgar Latin satio, season for sowing from L, a sowing, planting from base of serere, to sow: see seed
- to make (food) more tasty by adding salt, spices, etc.
- to add zest or interest to: to season a lecture with humor
- to make more suitable for use; improve the quality of, as by aging, drying, etc.; cure; mature: to season lumber
- to give (an athlete, actor, etc.) experience to increase skill: many tours seasoned him as an actor
- to make used to; accustom; inure; acclimate: seasoned to a hard life
- to make less harsh or severe; temper; soften: discipline seasoned with kindness
- to prepare the surface of (a piece of cookware) for use, as by applying a coat of oil or lard and then heating
Origin of seasonME sesonen, aphetic < MFr assaisonner, to season, orig., to ripen < a- (< L ad-), to + saison
for a season
in good season
- available fresh for use as food: said of fruits, vegetables, seafood, etc.
- at the legally established time for being hunted or caught: said of game
- in or at the suitable or proper time
- in good season; early enough
- in heat: said of animals
out of season
- a. One of the four natural divisions of the year, spring, summer, fall, and winter, in the North and South Temperate zones. Each season, beginning astronomically at an equinox or solstice, is characterized by specific meteorological or climatic conditions.b. The two divisions of the year, rainy and dry, in some tropical regions.
- A recurrent period characterized by certain occurrences, occupations, festivities, or crops: the holiday season; tomato season.
- A suitable, natural, or convenient time: a season for merriment.
- A period of time: gone for a season.
verbsea·soned, sea·son·ing, sea·sons
- To improve or enhance the flavor of (food) by adding salt, spices, herbs, or other flavorings.
- To add zest, piquancy, or interest to: seasoned the lecture with jokes.
- To treat or dry (lumber, for example) until ready for use; cure.
- To render competent through trial and experience: a lawyer who had been seasoned by years in the trial courts.
- To accustom or inure; harden: troops who had been seasoned in combat. See Synonyms at harden.
- To moderate; temper.
Origin of seasonMiddle English from Old French seison from Latin satiō satiōn- act of sowing from satus past participle of serere to plant ; see sē- in Indo-European roots.
- Each of the four divisions of a year: spring, summer, autumn and winter; yeartide.
- A part of a year when something particular happens: mating season, rainy season, football season.
- 1605, Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Macbeth, III, 4
- You lack the season of all natures, sleep.
- (cricket) The period over which a series of Test matches are played.
- (North America) A group of episodes of a television or radio program broadcast in regular intervals with a long break between each group, usually with one year between the beginning of each.
- The third season of Friends aired from 1996 to 1997.
In British English, a year-long group of episodes is called a series, whereas in North American English the word "series" is a synonym of "program" or "show".
(third-person singular simple present seasons, present participle seasoning, simple past and past participle seasoned)
- To flavour food with spices, herbs or salt.
- To make fit for any use by time or habit; to habituate; to accustom; to inure; to ripen; to mature; as, to season one to a climate.
- Hence, to prepare by drying or hardening, or removal of natural juices; as, to season timber.
- (intransitive) To become mature; to grow fit for use; to become adapted to a climate.
- (intransitive) To become dry and hard, by the escape of the natural juices, or by being penetrated with other substance; as, timber seasons in the sun.
From Middle English sesoun, seson (“time of the year"), from Old French seson, seison (“time of sowing, seeding"), from Latin satiÅnem, accusative of satiÅ (“act of sowing, planting") from satum, past participle of serere (“to sow, plant") from Proto-Indo-European *sehâ‚- (“to sow, plant"). Akin to Old English sÄwan (“to sow"), Old English sÇ£d (“seed"). Displaced native Middle English sele (“season") (from Old English sÇ£l (“season, time, occasion")), Middle English tide (“season, time of year") (from Old English tÄ«d (“time, period, yeartide, season")).