- 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.
A tree seen in each of the four seasons.
season definition by Webster's New World
- 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
- 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: < the v.Obsolete something that seasons
Origin: Middle English sesoun ; from Old French seson ; from Vulgar Latin satio, season for sowing ; from Classical Latin 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
Origin: ME sesonen, aphetic < MFr assaisonner, to season, orig., to ripen < a- (< L ad-), to + saison
- seasoner noun
season definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- 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: Middle 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.
season - Phrases/Idioms
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
- Available or ready for eating or other use.
- Legally permitted to be caught or hunted during a specified period.
- At the right moment; opportunely.
- In heat. Used of animals.
out of season
- Not available, permitted, or ready to be eaten, caught, or hunted.
- Not at the right or proper moment; inopportunely.
season - Science Definition
- One of four natural divisions of the year—spring, summer, autumn, and winter—in temperate zones. Each season has its own characteristic weather and lasts approximately three months. The change in the seasons is brought about by the shift in the angle at which the Sun's rays strike the Earth. This angle changes as the Earth orbits in its yearly cycle around the Sun due to the tilt of the Earth's axis. For example, when the northern or southern hemisphere of the Earth is at an angle predominantly facing the Sun and has more daylight hours of direct, overhead sunlight than nighttime hours, it is in its summer season; the opposite hemisphere is in then opposite condition and is in its winter season. See also equinox, solstice.
- In some tropical climates, either of the two divisions—rainy and dry—into which the year is divided. These divisions are defined on the basis of levels of precipitation.